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ILLUSTRATION by Lisa Evans Lisa Evans studied Illustration in Bristol at UWE and then did an MA in Childrens Book Illustration in Cambridge at APU, where she graduated in 2005. After completing her MA, Lisa worked as a scientific illustrator for a while, then moved to Bath and worked part time as a teacher. She went full time as an illustrator in 2007. Her work is highly detailed, featuring beautifully drawn characters and dreamlike landscapes. She’s inspired by science and is currently trying to re-learn the basics. She admires work by artists including Eric Fortune, Kathleen Lolley, Pablo Auladell and Katy Horan. Lisa hopes to move into more 3D modeling and animation work in the future. Check out more of her work at

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NEWS Win a Tree Surfing Experience

THIS MONTH WE ARE... …saying a big huge massive THANK YOU to everyone who was involved in the Student Model Search – all the sponsors, organisers, photographers, film crew, presenters and models who were involved did a brilliant job and we’re stoked with the results. The competition culminated in a party at Jack Chams in Plymouth last month, and a finalists photo shoot with our eleven models. Check out the shoot in the magazine this month (pages 17 – 19) and look out for the winners, Charlie Victor and Lucia Chmurova, in their winners shoot in an upcoming issue of the magazine. Also, its our 10th Birthday next month (!!!) so look out for exciting news about that birthday party and other stuff we’re organising to celebrate a DECADE of 247-ness!



Get that adrenalin pumping this month at Explore The Outdoors, Plymouth Pavilions’ exciting showcase of outdoor pursuits. From 13 – 14 March, you can try your hand at foraging for food, and surviving in extreme conditions in the Wilderness Zone, give paddle boarding a go, or scale the dizzying heights of their climbing wall… Other activities include a chance to meet Dartmoor Zoo’s slimy and furry creatures, or you can watch the Mountain Bike display team showing off their skills… All day entry costs £5, each ticket includes a free leisure voucher for the Pavilions Pool or Ice Rink, and kids go free. Book your tickets online now on or call the Box Office on 0845 146 1460. See for info on all the activities available. To celebrate the event, the Pavilions has teamed up with 247 and - the official sponsors of the Adrenaline Zone at the event – to give two people the chance to experience Tree Surfing on a three hour rope course. Based at Gulworthy near Tavistock, you can navigate the incredible treetop eco-trail via a complex of ladders, rope bridges, zip wires and walkways. To enter the competition, go to and click on the competitions tab. Terms and conditions available on our website. Competition closes on 13 March 2010.

Chase & Status live at Rumble In The Jungle

Embarking on their biggest live tour to date, d’n’b and dubstep duo Chase and Status will headline the Rumble in the Jungle event at the Eden Project, Cornwall for their only live date in the South West. In the past year, their production work has included some highly-praised remix work for Jay Z and The Prodigy’s recent comeback and more recently, Rihanna’s album Rated R. Acts confirmed as support across multiple arenas across the Eden site for the Rumble In The Jungle event include dubstep hero Benga (who spend January recording his new album, Magnetic Man in North Cornwall with Skream and Artwork), d’n’b producer Subfocus, DJ Friction, breaks legend Krafty Kutz, A-Skills and many more names to be confirmed. The night will be supported by a whole host of the South West’s finest DJ and MC talent across d’n’b, breaks, dubstep, funk, jazz and hip hop. Presented by 247 Magazine and Eden Arts Café, the night will be one of the biggest underground music and art events of the year and takes place on Friday 7 May. Tickets available now from www. or 08444 771 000. Coaches will also be running to the event from across Cornwall and Devon, more info and tickets from

Win with Analogue 2 Digital Music Expo

Exeter will be grooving to the sounds of Vibraphonic Festival from 5 – 21 March, with artists from all over the world bringing their music to venues across the city. From blues to electro, there’s something for everyone at Vibraphonic, now in it’s seventh year! Don’t miss Sound Gallery Studio’s Analogue to Digital Music Expo at Exeter Phoenix on 6 March – which brings together the leading music technology companies from around the world to present all the very latest and greatest equipment and software for DJs, musicians, live performers, bands, producers and sound engineers – with workshops, demos, live performances and a prize draw with £5000 worth of kit to give away.

THE EDGE Email news to: Super talented folk musician SETH LAKEMAN tours the UK next month and will play a gig at the Main Hall at the University of Plymouth on 17 April. The Mercury Music Prize nominated musician’s latest album, Poor Man’s Heaven, charted at number 8 when it was released in 2008, and the Devon born musician has performed his high energy, passionate music everywhere from Glastonbury Festival to SXSW in Texas. Don’t miss him playing his hometown – tickets are £16 from (Age 14+only). For a civilised, delightful afternoon of tea and cake, pop along to Carpe Diem on North Hill in Plymouth for a HIGH TEA PARTY every Sunday from midday – 6pm. With homemade treats using locally sourced ingredients, their menu includes savoury and sweet delights, set to a soundtrack of 50s, 60s and 70s rock and roll and soul. Search facebook for High Tea Party for more info. ATTIK DANCE are a company for local, talented young dancers. They are holding auditions for dancers aged 14 – 19 at the Dance Studio at Liskeard School and Community College on 30 March from 6pm-8pm. If you’d like to audition, contact Pippa Beaumont on info@attik. Submissions for the 2010 CORNWALL FILM FESTIVAL open on Monday 19 April for all categories: Cornish shorts and features, Another Country international shorts, Board Shorts and Screen Actions, with the early-bird deadline for entry set for 5 July. The festival takes place on 5 – 7 November 2010, and this is the ninth consecutive year that the festival has run. www.

NEWS Deep Blue Sound Upgrades Facility

Plymouth based music technology education facility Deep Blue Sound recently invested a major wad of cash in updating and improving their facilities. High spec software upgrades, new computers, musical instruments, a modular analogue synthesis system, Quested monitoring speakers and studio microphones all add to the equipment at the studios, enabling them to manage the growing demand for their services and improving the facilities for their range of cutting edge courses. For more info, go to

Au Revoir, Sandsifter

The South West said a sad goodbye to super cool venue The Sandsifter (nr Hayle) when it closed at the end of 2009. However, the people who were behind the gigs and events at the venue are now forging ahead with lots of exciting stuff for 2010, as well as re-locating any gigs that had originally been planned to take place at Sandsifter. Ska-rap-rock outfit Imperial Leisure will now play a rockin’ uptempo gig at The Koola in Newquay 19 March (tickets £5 from, and Jelly Jazz will move their night to the Old Grammar School in Truro (amongst many other dates in the South West – see for full listings).

Drum & Bass Awards 2010 Attention all d ‘n’ b heads! Voting for the annual South West Drum and Bass Awards opens on Monday 15 March. In a change from previous years, there are no nominations and it’s totally open so everyone has a fair chance of winning. The organisers have also added dubstep and breakbeat categories. Voting lasts for four weeks, closing on Monday 12 April. The top five nominees from each category (announced in no particular order) will be invited to attend the official awards party, Rumble in the Jungle, which takes place at the Eden Project on Friday 7 May, where the winners will be announced. Go to to place your votes.

Jelly Jazz Present Ruckus Roboticus

Ohio born musical machine Ruckus Roboticus, part turntable, half drum machine, all sex machine comes to the South West this month to unleash a furious fusion of funk, hip-hop and mischief. Brought to us by the Jelly Jazz crew, Roboticus’ live DJ tour hits three venues in the region (see below). When he’s not busy remixing the stars (Bloc Party, Lady Tigra, Vampire Weekend, Pase Rock), or winning “Best DJ Mix” awards from Rockstar Games, Scion, and Solid Steel Radio, this bot can be found tearing the roof off of your local dancehall, art gallery, fashion show, and house party with a fierce live-set. Don’t miss him on 12 Mar in Falmouth, 13 Mar in Newquay, and 14 Mar in Exeter.

Nextmen Throwin’ Shapes in Newquay

Aldo Vanucci (Plymouth’s 14th Best DJ and Wonkeylegs head honcho) has teamed up with Blacc Jazz to put on events under the name Throwin’ Shapes. On Saturday 27 March, they have the Nextmen playing at Pure in Newquay, ably supported by the four decks and live sax of Baron Samedi and a back room of dubstep, electro and d ‘n’ b with Chuck, the fast rising star of Plymouth’s underground. Search Facebook for Throwin’ Shapes for details and get your tickets early: this should be large.

Few dance artists from the acid house era are still going, let alone still proving their worth with decent output. The Orb arrived in 1988 and showed that modern producers didn’t just have to make music for pilled up kids in fields. They appealed to clubbers and non clubbers by producing beautiful music for “all back to mine” situations as well as the come downs. Their liberal use of samples echoed The Beatles’ “cut up into obscurity” style rather than the more loop based use that hip hop was known for, though they did later run into trouble with more obvious samples that could be traced. They used dub influences and approaches mixed with electronic styles to present a blissed out sound. They are playing Exeter’s Vibraphonic festival on 19 March, so Aldo Vanucci caught up with Alex Paterson, the only original member in their ever changing line up. Words: Aldo Vanucci

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John Lennon once said that music is for everybody and it’s only publishers that think it can be owned, with your early use of samples in mind, as well as the current download mentality, what’s your take on this? All for one and one for all. It’s been happening for a long time and will keep happening in the future, there’s never a free lunch in sample world. Just sample it to inspire yourself to move onto the next plateau. Build and destroy and rebuild the sample until it’s not a sample...

made him proud. Me mother, who knows what makes her proud. Like if I told her I was nominated for a BAFTA she might be interested… Strangely enough, that’s what happened to me this morning. I’m in a band called High Frequency Bandwidth ( and we got nominated for a British Academy Video Games Award for our original score for a PS3 game called Shooter made by Pixeljunk. But we aren’t going to the awards ceremony because it’s the same night as our gig in Exeter.

When was the last time you played in the South West, and how does it compare to the rest of the country and indeed, the world? We played in Bristol before Christmas. I like the Westcountry, I have many friends down here, I like the air. I went to school on the Oxfordshire-Gloucestershire border, near the Rollright Stones. This is a magical place, as are the circles and standing stones of the South West. It’s steps into the past, a wonderful history, the forests of Lyonesse…

Congrats on the BAFTA nomination. What other stuff are you working on at the moment? We are working on an opera for Covent Garden. I can’t tell you too much because its not ‘til 2012. Its Orb doing an interpretation of opera, as opposed to me doing a score and getting a load of musicians or an orchestra in. They’ve accepted our demo versions already. Oh, we’re doing a short film for a film festival at Battersea Power Station in London on 1 June, about South London in the 50s.

What’s been the weirdest place you’ve played, and the best? In ‘94 we were asked by the council in Copenhagen to exorcise an ex-Nazi “joy division” centre (which was basically a Nazi whorehouse - that’s where Joy Division got their name, actually), on an island just off Copenhagen. They wanted us to get rid of the evil spirits. We set up the gig on a pontoon out in the harbour, we had to get a boat out there to play, and the audience were watching from the island. We played at sunset and sunrise, and Dreadzone, System 7, Darren Emerson, Underworld (that night he played Rez for the first time), and DJ Lewis played too. It’s the best gig we ever did, in terms of putting it on ourselves. There was a really intense light show – we closed down Copenhagen airport for the morning. We got nationwide front cover news coverage because of it. We’d definitely be up for doing something like that again, we’re always up for experimenting. I’d like to do a tour of Britain and play caves… like Wookey Hole…

Are there any artists who you feel have been influenced by you, and should they be kicking some of their earnings back up to you Mafia style? What are you saying? Are you from Bristol? Mafia? Hello middle England, wake up and smell the roses. There’s not a sausage out there that hasn’t been paid in full. Plus the blues will rise up again. I’m not the kind of person who gets worried about that sort of thing.

My dad spent years waiting for me to get a proper job. Do you think your parents are proud of you? My dad died when I was younger but I think I would have

“We’ve been nominated for a BAFTA. But we aren’t going to the awards ceremony because it’s the same night as our gig in Exeter.” Don’t miss Exeter’s Vibraphonic Festival, from 5 – 21 March, in various venues across the city. Highlights include: 5 MAR: Utah Saints and Scratch Perverts with Reso and Jack Beats at the Lemon Grove – with support from Ben & Lex, Mr Nice, Maxxi P and Lewah. 12 MAR: Dub Pistols and Pama International at Exeter Phoenix – big beat, dub, reggae and ska infused sounds. 15 MAR: Mix Master Mike at Exeter Phoenix – Beastie Boy’s resident DJ and three times DMC Champion known for heavy hitting bass and intricate scratch routines

What’s the best thing that’s happened to you in your musical career? Getting nominated for a Brit. And then making them unnominate us. It was in 1992, the year after the small bird and the big bloke from Fleetwood Mac cocked up the whole of the Brits, we got nominated but no one told us. We suddenly saw loads of our albums with stickers on them saying “Nominated for the Brits” and we told them we “didn’t want to be associated with that crap,” and made them take all the stickers off. One last thing, what can people expect from your show in Exeter next month? Aliens. We’re stopping off at Wookey Hole to pick them up on the way down. Don’t miss The Orb at the Lemon Grove, Exeter on 19 March. Doors 8pm, tickets are £15adv +BF. Get tickets from Exeter Box Office, Exeter Phoenix, Onionheart and Reform.

18 MAR: Lack of Afro at Mama Stones – a multi instrumentalist, in-demand producer and remixer with his new five piece live band. 20 MAR: Acoustic Ladyland at Cavern Club – high energy punkjazz quartet 20 MAR: Synchronicity at Exeter Phoenix – Four of the city’s dance music promoters (Deep End, Jam The Channel, Ape Music and One Drop) come together for a special event. For times, prices and more listings, go to: magazine | 11


This month, hip hop legends Souls Of Mischief return to the South West for two gigs, one in Plymouth, and one in Penzance. It’s been nine years since the Californian crew played Plymouth for what was described as a night to remember within the city’s hip hop community. The four emcees met at school - the first two meeting at the tender age of 8. By the time they finished school, Souls of Mischief were ready for a major label release, and their first album “93 ‘Til Infinity” was a landmark in hip hop musical history. Souls have now released their hotly anticipated fifth album, Montezuma’s Revenge, produced by Prince Paul of De La Soul and Gravediggaz fame. To celebrate the release of the album, SOM have hooked up with streetwear label Carhartt and will release a limited edition box set of the album that includes a special SOM/ Carhartt tee. Pete King aka DJ Bloodshot caught up with Tajai at home in Oakland, CA, for a chat… Everyone says 93 ‘Til Infinity is a classic era defining tune. Do you feel any pressure from that, having recorded it so early in your career? Nah… We’ve never really been into making big hits. It was kind of a fluke that 93 ‘Til Infinity was a hit. We never try to recreate that, you know, there’s not going to be a 2011 ‘Til Infinity. Every record we make is different, although still fits in our catalogue. You’ve got an independent label, what do you think of the people who fileshare? I think it sucks. It’s good to an extent, for exposing unsigned or underexposed artists, but as an independent, I cant afford to market the music I make, you know? Even to get a radio promoter would cost, like, twenty grand. I need to sell four or five thousand albums just to pay my radio costs, on top of everything else. It’s really a losing battle. It’s killed record shops as well. Yeah. It’s sad. As a kid, every Tuesday, I’d go get the new comics, and the new records. Now, everyone just sits at home – and the day a record comes out, everyone has it, but no one buys it. And why are people going to buy stuff when they can get it for free? Filesharing has basically made 12 |


it impossible to sell records. But you know what? I’m going to continue to make records because I enjoy it. I’ll just give them away, or never put them out. But that’s money coming out of my pocket, that’s mortgage money, that’s money for my children. I think that people should understand that they are killing independent music by not supporting it with dollars. You know what I’m sayin’? Are you looking forward to coming to the UK? Shit man, yeah. When we first started coming to the UK, it wasn’t really like out here, there were a couple rappers, like Rodney P, but now y’all got your own thing, and I like that. Man, I like Wiley, I like Dizzee Rascal, I like Roots Manuva… That gives you an identity, like for instance, when I was young and I heard a lot of British rappers, it tripped me out that they had American accents, and it was like, wait, how does he talk like this, when he sings like that? And now, I can’t even understand half the shit they’re saying. And its just dope. Like, it reminds me of Jamaica or something, where it’s like, I don’t know what the fuck this guy’s talking about, but the music is really good. I like some of the garage MCs, they are murderers! They’ll give a lot of these dudes out here the business. American rappers are kinda getting lazy, and you guys show up, and it’s just like a sniper… I like that because you have to develop your own vocal scene, and you cant get to that level trying to emulate something from somewhere else. 247 has teamed up with the promoters for both of SOM’s shows in the South West to offer readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to their local gig. We have a pair of tickets to the Top Billin’ gig in Plymouth at the White Rabbit on 17 March, and a pair of tickets to the Dynamite Hip Hop night in Penzance at Club 2K on 20 March. To enter the competition, and to read a longer version of this interview, go to and click on the competitions tab. Words: Pete King aka Bloodshot magazine | 1

In the dark depths of December in 2006, a tiny crowd in a Plymouth bar were treated to the very first set from a promising young duo of DJs who would come to be known as Jac The Disco. Jay Rossi and Tom Burns (aka Pac) spin an eclectic collection of everything from electro to fidget and Baltimore. The two first met in Plymouth when Pac booked Jay to DJ at a Plymouth hip hop night called Spin Cycle. Jac The Disco’s clubnights and boat parties soon became the stuff of legend, and they built up a strong following in the South West. Inspired by everything from electro funk to old school hip hop and the 80s and 90s rave scene, Jay and Pac have progressed from playing in local bars to running their own nights in London. They also hold down a residency at Cornish clubnight My Heroes Killed Cowboys, produce their own tunes, and they recently played a successful debut gig at the legendary Fabric in London as part of the Filthy Duke’s night, Kill Em All. 247 caught up with them for a postFabric cuppa and a natter… So tell us, what are your respective roles? Jay: I always consider Pac to be the technical guy – the one who knows how to use all the software we use – and he’s definitely the rock ‘n’ rolla! I’m the more level headed one, I would say my role tends to be on the promotion and management side of things, handling bookings and press. When it comes to travelling to gigs, I’m the driver and Pac is the navigator. We both have the same taste in music, which I think is why it works so well. We’re both always on the hunt for new and interesting music. What kind of set up do you use when DJing? Pac: We tend to use a mixture between Serato Live, Tracktor Scratch and CDs. We collect vinyl but rarely use it in our sets – its too heavy to lug to gigs.

What kind of atmosphere do you like to create on the dance floor? Pac: The type of venue and crowd really influence what we play. Sometimes we’ll go off on a massive old school disco tip, playing Hi-NRG 70s disco and 80s Italo to create an intense energy, sometimes big room electro to send everyone crazy and occasionally deep Chicago house and techno to create a real solid groove to keep everyone chugging along early into the morning – although realistically our sets are a combination of all of this. What has been your most memorable Jac the Disco gig? Jay: Well there have been lots of great parties… We used to host our own night in London called Last One In’s A Rotten Egg!, but we’ve put the night on hold at the moment so that we can spend more time in the studio. We’ve partied with the likes of Riton, Brodinski, We Have Band, Stopmakingme, and DJedjotronic from Boys Noize. I think the most memorable was when we booked Das Glow and Jean Nipon from Institubes, man that was a crazy party. The Fabric gig was really good too, we had a lot of good feedback about it and it was good to see a lot of faces past and present coming along to support us – cheers guys, you know who you are! We even had Erol Alkan dancing about in our room. What are your plans for the next six months? Pac: Probably concentrating more on our productions, we really want to get something out there with our stamp on it. The stuff we’re throwing amongst ourselves is getting better and better, but we’re not really ready to push something out until we’re totally 100% happy with it. Watch this space! Jac The Disco will play at My Heroes Killed Cowboys on 10 April at Isobar, St Ives, alongside Foamo, and they’ve just been confirmed for the Masked Ball, in Cornwall on 1 May. They’re due to confirm more festival dates for the summer, see for info.

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Music Breaks & Beats


Jazz / Funk

Krafty Kuts

Against The Grain/Re Rubs (Against The Grain Records)

Back before you were clubbing and all this was fields, there was a genre known as big beat: good fun club music. One of the names to emerge from those happy times was Krafty Kuts. Krafty gained a reputation for rockin’ every DJ set. Now, he runs his own label Against The Grain, home to the likes of Ed Solo and the Freestylers. Here, he shows his skills with personal re rubs of proper club tunes and a mix of his label’s finest moments. Couldn’t recommend this CD or his DJ sets any higher. If you don’t know then get to know. know then get to know. Aldo Vanucci

The Cinematic Orchestra LateNightTales (Late Night Tales)

The latest in the LNT compilation series sees a 19-track selection from Cinematic Orchestra, showing diversity of sound and plenty of contrast. Nick Drake opens the set, and just as you’re getting used to the folk, they slip in the laidback funk with Terry Callier. More highlights follow with Bjork’s haunting Joga, mixed with Imogen Heap’s Cumulus. The Cinematics wrap up the show with their cover version of Freedom by Fontella Bass, followed by a spoken word piece by Will Self. Cushty. Arash Torabi

Marina and the Diamonds The Family Jewels (679)

She’s being hailed as ‘the new Kate Bush’, which is either a crap PR line or lazy journalism. But then she does try to steer her voice in that direction, which ain’t doing the songs any favours. Marina creates an intense atmosphere with some original melodies, but her vocal acrobatics and cheesy hooks spoil it. The big production sound also suggests that she’s trying very hard to reach mega-stardom. If you already have the Twat For Lashes album, you won’t need this as well. Arash Torabi

Delphic Acolyte

(Chimeric/Polydor) As a band, Manchester’s Delphic wear their influences proudly. There’s more than just a casual nod to their hometown heroes, New Order – especially on the standout song, Doubt. Acolyte is produced by Berlin techno man, Ewan Pearson, and the synth-charged disco-trance theme is strong throughout the album. OK, it’s hardly revolutionary, but it works, because Delphic have the songs to

Urban / Hip Hop

Dance / Electronica

Reggae / Dubstep

back it up. Arash Torabi

Tommy T

The Prester John Sessions

(Good Groove/Virgin Records) The bass player from gypsy punksters, Gogol Bordello delivers a concept album, if you please, about a mysterious medieval King. It’s subtle, in that most of the album is either instrumental or not sung English. And despite being on the Easy Star label, it’s not all reggae and dub either- some tracks are, but Tommy T also lays down jazz and Ethiopian (or Middle Eastern?) styles. I’m more for the reggae and the Eastern vocals, and less about the jazz. Arash Torabi

Corrine Bailey Rae The Sea

(Good Groove/Virgin Records) Four years after the release of her very successful, debut self-titled album, Corrine is finally back, and I for one was keen to hear what our brightest, UK R’n’B/soul talent had to offer at the turn of the decade. The album starts very much as you’d expect; songs are well-crafted/delivered, with a very natural sound to them. But by the third and fourth track there is definitely a funk rock angst that wasn’t present in her previous work. There are hints of blues and gospel, with ballads and smooth grooves just around the corner, all sprinkled with the delicate beauty of Corrine’s voice. I’d buy it! Joe Biddle


Before The Roars (self-release)

It goes without saying that a truckload of modern punk rock bands owe a huge debt to Hot Water Music – for their sound, their look and their dedication. Cardiff trio, Solutions, go one further by attempting to rewrite ‘No Division’, and they make a fair fist of it too. ‘The Rest Will Follow’ is HWM’s ‘SouthEast First’ in new skin, while the gravel-throated, emotional clout with which they powerdrive through the likes of ‘Sons Of Daughters’ would even impress ol’ Chuck himself. Passionate, powerful stuff. Backbone


The Golden Archipelago (Matador) The lovely thing about Austin’s Shearwater, apart from the music, is their refusal, over the past decade, to repeat themselves. Where 2007’s ‘Palo Santo’ was an ethereal carpet ride and 2008’s ‘Rook’ was a journey through the dark arts, ‘The Golden

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Archipelago’ is a defiant and gracious beast that throws up surprises when you least expect it. The disorientating, white-knuckle howl of opener ‘Corridors’, the ‘80s-raddled pomp of ‘Black Eyes’, the elegant hymn-like tones of ‘Hidden Lakes’: all works of wonder that leave no room for hesitation. Backbone

The Wildcards

When The Moon Shines Bright (self-released) ‘ The Wildcards are spreading their swing blues tentacles far and wide, and are clearly having a lot of fun in the process. The jungle swingarama of ‘Gal From Kokomo’, the Little Richard howl of ‘She Can Rock’, the nervy ‘40s noir nuance of ‘Dead Cat Bounce’ plus a glut of surf’n’swamp guitars all add up to a frenetic firestorm of transnational delight. And if the dizzying guitar work doesn’t pull you in by the lapels and throw you into a lindy-hop, Vince Lee’s tungsten-tough, weather-worn baritone croon surely will. Backbone


Come Down With Me (Rock Action)

Album number two finds Glasgow’s Errors in wonderful electro-motive form, almost to the point of perfection. If Hot Chip grew up on the mean streets of The Gorbals, they’d be writing songs like ‘Bridge Or Cloud?’, while ‘A Rumour In Africa’ adopts the post-rock flavours of Minus The Bear. But ‘Antipodes’ is where things leap from great to astonishing – a blissful marriage of digital and analog tuneage with the power to heal wounds. As instrumental albums go, Errors have popped out a gem. Arash Torabi

Rash Decision

Temporary Worker (Clause 4.1) (Pumpkin)

Flying the flag for Britcore, Falmouth’s Rash Decision tick all the right boxes: they play hard, tight, fast and furious, as if their snotty lives depended on it. Taking their cue from first wave US thrash – Corrosion Of Conformity, DRI, Municipal Waste – the likes of ‘Veins’ and ‘Learning Things’ are venomous battle cries that conveniently double up as the soundtrack to your next neighbourhood riot. And, thankfully, Dave Decision’s wretched voice is 100% punk rock; not a metalcore yelp in sight. A nasty, gnarly winner. Arash Torabi

DEMOS DEMO OF THE MONTH Exeter’s art-rock upstarts, ONO PALINDROMES, are on a quest to subvert expectations and sex shit up with their new offering ‘The Cum’ EP (out on their own Death Records imprint). With discordant guitars and lo-fi poise, they lay waste to scenesters, hipsters, fakers and careerists, using sexually charged metaphors and a big dose of irreverential humour. ‘Man On Side’ smartly merges The Stooges with no-wave sensibilities, ‘Laboto’ pays its respects to Fugazi at their most abstruse, and ‘Rich Kids Slumming’ takes great pleasure in its wilfully vacant demeanour. Any band that can wear a nihilist sneer and pick on all the right people will always get two thumbs up from me. The fact that they also pack a mean sonic (youth) punch makes them something of a rare treasure. (

ROCK SHOW DEMO OF THE MONTH DANCING WITH THE ENEMY return with new single ‘Now It’s Over’, and a fresh new video which, as with their last video, has been picked up for rotation on Scuzz TV. With distinctive riffage and catchy chorus, ‘Now It’s Over’ is a little heavier and gives the band a more complete sound that should project them to new heights in 2010. Lead vocalist Tom Kavanagh has also been busy debuting his only solo project this year so keep an eye out that. Hear these demos on the Rock Show on Phonic FM 106.8FM in Exeter or online at, every Friday from 10pm – 12am with Mike James and crew. You can also email your own tracks to Email your tracks to or post them to Rock Show on Phonic106.8FM, 6 Belvedere Court, St Davids, Exeter, Devon, EX4 4DA It appears that the ethos behind FISHERMANS MISSION‘s debut album, ‘This Is Therapy’ (out now on UPR Records and therefore NOT a demo), was to throw every musical idea at the wall and see what sticks. And if it doesn’t stick, pick it up and throw it again. The result is an impressive platter where syncopated rhythms and soaring post-rock melodies career and collide like sonic dodgems. The likes of ‘Serendipidity’ and ‘Swan Breaks Arm’ competently juggle indie-rock with shades of electronica, while the sprawling, schizophrenic ‘Torr’ and the epic ‘Broken Cup’ are post-punk gold nuggets. Impenetrable at times, raging in parts, melancholy at others (‘Pretend You’re my Wife’ boasts a heartmelting chorus), this is a laudable mission statement from a Plymouth band brimming with ideas. The artwork and the moniker didn’t exactly instil much hope but there’s certainly a lot more to Bristol trio, PINT O’ SPIRITS, than meets the eye. Trading in crunchy, QOTSA-meets-Clutch riffola with a few alt rock twists and turns along

the way, ‘We Are Recycled’ and ‘Bald Squirrels In Suits’ are fine examples of rock’n’roll stripped of all pretensions and played just for the fuck of it. Singer/guitarist, Mark Bassett’s low-slung baritone croon may not be quite as developed as Clutch’s Neil Fallon or Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster’s Guy McKnight but he still manages to invoke a sense of sleazy discomfort. If all of their songs have as much vim and vigour as these two beauties, they could be in for a bright future. Now, about that band name… Released through Pop Noise Records – the regional home of wistful indie croonmanship – NATIONAL PASTIME’s ‘Paper Planes’ EP is a soft-spoken affair that may refuse to break into a sweat but gleefully jangles along with doleful melodies and unassuming vocal harmonies. With an all-pervasive air of nostalgia, the likes of ‘Goldsworthy Gurney’ and the title track would have been too folksy even for none-more-indie Sarah Records notoriety; while ‘No Guarantee’ cranks up the pace and leaks a little bit of Buzzcocky attitude before the piano steps in and calms things down. If the dulcet, strumming lilt of The Field Mice, Teenage Fanclub, Belle & Seb and The Byrds floats your boat then NP will put a lovingly lo-fi smile on your phizog. We like BACKBEAT SOUNDSYSTEM here at 247 Towers. Of course, a Cornish pop-reggae band may sound worrying on paper (cue images of smug, salty surf-bums poncing about with didgeridoos and Dreadzone’s back catalogue) but these eight conscientious lads are far more tuned in to the ethos and politics of roots music; aided by a level of musicianship that puts them on a par with their more well known contemporaries. Their new EP, ‘Funky In The Face Of Fear’, is a polished and utterly confident collection of socially aware grooves carefully designed for heads and hips. All five songs here are impressive but ‘Daily Grime’’s effortlessly sumptuous melodies and indignant antimonetarist refrain could be the tune that catapults them to the next level. Meanwhile, over on Murdoch space… Taunton’s THE DARLINGTONS take their inspiration from the widescreen indie drift that started with Echo & The Bunnymen in the early ‘80s and ends with the likes of White Lies. Awash with delayed guitar arpeggios and solemn vocals, their ‘Glitch’ EP stands proudly within their chosen genre. Good work fellas. Featuring Devon exile, Chris Willsher, London-based electroshoegaze duo, CREATURES OF LOVE, are a dramatic and difficult listen. The likes of ‘Book Thief’, sound like two songs battling for ear-space, as thickset synth melodies get rough-housed by grumbling digi-bass and Bonita McKinney’s ‘80s-rooted timbre. It’s an interesting concept, though, and could prove fruitful.

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RETAIL THERAPY Celebrate the release of Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland this month by entering a world of retail delights.

Oversize Bow Alice Band

£6 Inspired by Alice herself, this headgear features an on trend oversized bow. Vintage Silk Top Hat,

£ on request Alice In Wonderland writer Lewis Carroll was a customer of Lock & Co. hatters in London and it is said that he took his inspiration for the character of the mad hatter from James Benning, the business partner at Lock & Co. This hand restored vintage silk top hat is the real deal!

Piccadilly Tea Set

£14.95 Perfect for tea parties, unbirthdays, and all manner of polite social occasions. Cali Watch by Rip Curl


The Cheshire Tee

$18 It wouldn’t be Wonderland without a Cheshire Cat. This one only shows up in daylight because it’s printed in UV ink (with a glow-in-the-dark grin, natch). Giant Playing Cards

£9.99 Enter the weird world of Wonderland with these oversized playing cards. Curiouser and curiouser.

Jan Constantine Multi Heart Cushion

£80 A cushion worthy of The Queen of Hearts. Off with her head! Don’t be late for that important date with this hot timepiece in leather and stainless steel, also waterproof tested to 100m (so should withstand a swim in the pool of tears).


Massive thanks to everyone involved in the competition… Forty Five // Prime Delux // Home giftshop // Arena Creative Hair // 247 Magazine Jack Chams, Ebrington St // Jonathan Palfrey // Tom Hargreaves Clash and Clash Photography // Alex Christaki // Red Bull


Over 800 students entered the Student Model Search 2010, and since last September, we’ve been whittling those numbers down to find our male and female winners – the competition culminated in a massive party last month at Jack Cham’s bar in Plymouth, where we crowned Lucia Chmurova and Charley Victor as our winners. However, just before the event, all eleven finalists took part in a shoot at Clash & Clash Studios in Plymouth, which you can see here. With clothing by Forty Five and Prime Delux (both on Ebrington St, Plymouth), and styling, hair and make up by the creative team at Arena hair salon (also on Ebrington St, Plymouth).

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Ingrid wears Motel Helen dress £39 from Forty Five, Converse black high tops £36.99 and red Volcom leggings £15.99 from Prime. Lizzie wears Varsity striped tee £25 and vintage denim skirt £19.99, both from Forty Five, and Converse black and white high tops £36.99 from Prime. Olly wears High Five eagle tee £19 from Forty Five and Emerica acid wash grey skinny jeans £54.99, black Supra high tops £74.99, Speed Demon skate board £59.99 from Prime. Charlie wears Nike S.B trainers £64.99, Carhartt ‘C’ jacket £74.99, black RVCA tee £12.50, all from Prime, jeans models own. Charley wears Volcom one shoulder black top £29.99, white Converse trainers £31.99, Etnies jeans £48.99 and leopard print Volcom jacket (on chair) £59.99, all from Prime. Jody wears Seventy Seven Y neck tee £30 and Seventy Seven base denim jeans £45, all from Forty Five.







Becky wears Brat & Suzie cat tee £19.99 and Monkee Genes sateen skinny jeans £48, both from Forty Five, and Converse high tops £36.99 from Prime. John wears Seventy Seven Travis check shirt £40 from Forty Five. Lucia wears Mary Quant lace body £9.99 from Forty Five, and red Volcom dungarees £63.99 and black Converse high tops £36.99, both from Prime. Annie wears Emily and Fin Alice dress £42 from Forty Five and black and white Converse high tops £36.99 from Prime. Chris wears Vintage Adidas jacket £39, Vacant check shirt £29 both from Forty Five, and Volcom skinny jeans £57.99, Ignite deerstalker hat £27.99, and Vans £37.99, from Prime.


Photography: Cresswell, Davis and Bailey at Clash & Clash Photo Studios Hair and make up: Chrissie, Kerry, Charlotte and Jo using Ruby and Millie and Urban Decay at Arena, 52 Ebrington St, Plymouth, 01752 250025 Models: (L-R) Ingrid Karpaviciute, Lizzie Schenk, Olly Hawkins, Charlie Victor, Charley Bruce, Jody Resuggan, Becky Jarvis, John Francis, Lucia Chmurova, Annie Holdsworth, Chris Perry Location: Clash & Clash Studios, Grosvenor House, Belgrave Lane, Plymouth Clothes: / Thanks: Tim, Davis, Laurie, Lynne, Nick, Mark C, Mary, Dave


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1 – 6 Mar Truro

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, Hall for Cornwall, Black Quay, TR1 2LL, 01872 262466, www., 7.30pm, £18 - £13 The Vagina Monologues returns to Cornwall for one week only with an all-star cast including Anne Charleston, Amy Nuttall and Wendi Peters. Based on author Eve Ensler’s “Vagina Interviews” conducted with women from all around the world, this hilariously witty and moving collection of tales gives voice to a chorus of lusty, outrageous, poignant , brave and thoroughly human stories. As sharp as Sex and the City and as unmissable as Friends - bring your mum, your best friend, your sister or even your granny - this is the ultimate girls night out - trust us!



out about the Youth Food Movement, join the Cornwall Growing Collaboration and get involved! Plus, the Biomes will be open ‘til 9.30pm!

5 - 6 Mar Plymouth

BREATHE ME, The Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, Plymouth, 01752 267131, www., 8pm, £89 “It’s our home, our flat; it’s ours, our world, our life. It’s warm, it’s safe, it’s clean, it’s cosy, it’s everything we wanted. So why is it so suffocating? I love you just the way you are, but something’s got to change.” Breathe Me is a 70 minute dance theatre performance, centered around a couple in their early 30s struggling to communicate. Breathe Me is an exploration into arguments, the stupid things we say, and the things we regret later. Breathe Me is a love story.

films 2 Mar Plymouth

GIG, Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, 01752 585050,, 7.30pm, £8 In celebration of its 20th Anniversary, the multi award-winning dance and physical theatre company, Earthfall, present its performance of GIG. The story of a band that encapsulates the world outside with songs, film and extreme dances of love and loathing. It follows the band on tour, living in a surreal world removed from the reality of life. Transporting you on an emotional ride, it takes you from the exciting to the ridiculous and the comical to the poignant.

9 Mar Truro

KODO, Hall for Cornwall, Black Quay, TR1 2LL, 01872 262466,, 7.30pm, £26 Kodo explores the boundless potential of the ancient Japanese drum, the taiko, and infuses traditional forms with fresh global influences to create new musical expressions that are utterly unique. Two meanings are embedded in the Japanese characters for Kodo. First, heartbeat: the primal, tender sound as heard in the womb. Second, children of the drum: reflecting Kodo’s intent to play their drums simply, with the heart of a child. Through the “One Earth Tour”, Kodo will bring the sound of the drum to the ears of the world - and Truro - and with the taiko’s unique ability to transcend barriers of language and custom, remind us all of our membership in that larger community - the world.

LIVE 2 – 6 Mar Plymouth

CLUB ENJOY, Theatre Royal, Royal Parade, 01752 267222, www., 7.30pm, £21 - £10 Enjoy is set in Alan Bennett’s hometown of Leeds where an ageing couple are living in the city’s last back-to-back. With the demolition of the area in progress, Wilf and Connie are soon to be rehoused in a brand new maisonette with a waste disposal unit and non-slip vinyl flooring. When a sociologist comes to observe them in their daily life, normality takes a decidedly atypical turn… Featuring the original West End cast including David Troughton and Alison Steadman of ‘Gavin and Stacey’ fame.

5 Mar St Austell

12 Mar – 12 May Exeter

SOVAY BERRIMAN Exeter Phoenix Gallery, Bradninch Place, Gandy Street, 01392 667080, uk, 10am – 5pm, £free Sovay Berriman’s practice has a strong theme of exploration, as well as imaginative endeavours. Despite romantic and cynical extremes which are often apparent, a sense of humour runs through her work offering a release from this otherwise present tension.

Until 13 Mar Plymouth

LIVE ARTS CAFE Eden Project, Bodelva, Cornwall, 01726 811911,, 7pm – 12.30am, £10 The Zen Hussies will be kicking off the first Arts Cafe of 2010 in spectacular style, along with sets from resident DJs Jelly Jazz. Find

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EURYDICE, Drum Theatre, Royal Parade, 01752 267222, www., 7.45pm, £12 Sarah Ruhl’s bold re-interpretation of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice makes its European premiere in a co-production



between ATC, the Drum Theatre Plymouth and the Young Vic. Eurydice is in love with Orpheus. Her dead father has advice for her wedding but his letters can’t get through to the land of the living. At last one does. With his words in hand, Eurydice crashes down a flight of stairs and wakes in the underworld, her memory wiped. How will she ever get home? Alice in Wonderland meets Greek myth in this playful, heartbreaking American take on a timeless tale of loss, grief and redemption following its successful New York run.

15 Mar - 9 Apr Plymouth

BIOTROPICA Cube3 Gallery, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, 01752 585050, www., 10am to 5pm, £free Scientists are great observers of the world around them and so accumulate thousands of photographs that document their encounters with the natural world. Biotropica delves into the vast archive of photographic material that exists within the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Plymouth and provides a glimpse of the many encounters that Plymouth scientists have experienced in the tropics. Biotropica offers an insight into the wonder and beauty of this fragile and rapidly vanishing part of the biosphere.

16 – 20 Mar Plymouth

CLING TO ME LIKE IVY, Drum Theatre, Royal Parade, 01752 267222,, 7.45pm, £12 Rivka wants the perfect wedding. She has the man, the dress, the wig and two weeks to go. But when doubt is cast on her wig everything starts to unravel and Rivka finds herself far from home, up a tree and caught up in the eviction of an anti road protest, not knowing whether she’ll be able to go back to where she came from, or whether she wants to.

17 - 18 Mar Plymouth

ROAR, The Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, Plymouth, 01752 267131, www.barbicantheatre., 7.30pm, £10 ROAR is the future of theatre. It is the power of young people as theatre makers. It is the honesty of the choices they make. It is the word of the stories they tell. Conceived, directed and performed by some of the region’s most exciting young talent, each night consists of different performances by GCSE, A-level and BTEC Performing Arts groups.

26 Mar Truro

SEAN HUGHES, Hall for Cornwall, Black Quay, TR1 2LL, 01872 262466, www., 8pm, £17 & £15 The youngest comic ever to win the Perrier award - for his Edinburgh Fringe debut in 1990 - Sean Hughes is back with his brand new show, bursting at the seams with the darkly brilliant, selfdeprecating barbed wit that has kept him at the top of his game ever since. The star of The Last Detective (ITV), Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC) and Sean’s Show (Channel 4) whose dark, explosive style and quick-fire audience banter have made him a household name not to be missed.

30 Mar – 4 April Plymouth

MEETING JOE STRUMMER Drum Theatre, Royal Parade, 01752 267222,, 7.45pm, £12 1978. Nick & Steve see The Clash for the first time, in Victoria Park. It’s as if they take an oath to stay true to the values embodied in that day… 2002. Strummer’s death forces Nick and Steve to re-evaluate their lives. Charting the lads’ attempts to maintain their ‘oath’ to Strummer while living through Thatcherism, paying the bills and maintaining relationships, this passionate punk comedy is about attitude, friendship and celebrity – and a celebration of the man who set the agenda for a generation.

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Avatar (12A)

5 – 11 Mar: The Barn Cinema,

Dartington, 01803 847070, www. Dir. James Cameron, starring Sigourney Weaver, Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana 2009/USA/162mins Now officially the biggest box office hit of all time, Avatar may also sweep the boards at this year’s Oscars, where it has received nine nominations. Bright Star (PG)

17 Mar: Exeter Phoenix, 01392

667080, www.exeterphoenix. Dir. Jane Campion, starring Abbie Cornish, Ben Wishaw and Paul Schneider 2009/UK/119 mins Campion’s best film since ‘The Piano’ examines in a delicate, unsensational fashion, the meeting of the 23 year-old poet John Keats with Fanny Brawne and their ensuing passionate love affair. The mounting obstacles to their relationship are depicted with subtlety and the kind of quiet intimacy that makes this director’s films such a joy. The First Day Of The Rest Of Your Life (15) 2 – 4 Mar: Plymouth Arts Centre, 01752 206 114, www. Dir. Remi Bezancon, starring Jacques Gamblin, Zabou Breitman, Deborah Francois 2009/ France/114 mins Remi Bezancon’s family movie has been a huge box office hit on its home turf in France, winning a fair few awards. The intimate drama examines the fractures and foibles of an ordinary middle-class family, following the ups and downs of Robert (Gamblin), a taxi driver, his wife Marie-Jeanne and their three children as they develop from teens to grown-ups. As the youngsters learn to cope with becoming adults, the parents have to face the fact they are going to fly the nest. The story spans twelve years, through five key days as significant events shape their relationships and their futures. Enjoyable Gaelic drama for those who like their domestic disputes. Happy Feet (U) 6 Mar: Exeter Picturehouse, 0871 704 2057, www. Dir, George Miller, starring Robin Williams, Nicole Kidman, Brittany Murphy and Elijah Wood 2006/US/108 mins In the world of the Emperor Penguin, a simple song can mean the difference between a lifetime of happiness and an eternity of loneliness. When a penguin named Mumble (voiced by Elijah Wood) is born without the ability to sing the romantic song that will attract


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his soul mate, he has to resort to some fancy footwork by tap dance his way into the heart of the one he loves. A brilliantly animated romantic comedy from the writer of BABE, this affecting and hilarious tale of one penguin’s quest for love features an all-star cast of vocal talents, all singing their hearts out. You’ll be unable to stop your toes from tapping. Heart Of Fire (TBC)

31 Mar: Exeter Phoenix, 01392

667080, www.exeterphoenix. Dir. Luigi Falorni, starring Letekidan Micael, Solomie Micael, and Brian Geraghty. 2008/Italy/92 mins Based on the autobiography of Senait Mehari, a former child soldier in the Eritrean Liberation Front. The film employs a largely non-professional Eritrean cast (who defied their government to take part) and it shows as the performances are wonderfully authentic. Awet is brought up in the safety of a convent school until her father hands her over to one of the rival liberation armies. The child takes up arms, rather than schoolbooks, and the resultant film is both revealing and revolting.

The Limits Of Control (15)

14 - 15 Mar:Savoy Cinema,

Penzance, 01736 363330, www.

16 - 17 Mar:Royal, St Ives, 01736 796843, www. Dir: Jim Jarmusch starring Isaach De Bankolé, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray and John Hurt 2009/ US/116 mins American indie-king Jarmusch plays fast and loose with genres in this spoofish Bond thriller. The plot, featuring a Zen-like hit-man on a mission through the cafés and museums of Madrid, Seville and Almeria, is the shaggiest of shaggydog stories, but the real joy lies in the atmospheric photography and the heap of first-class cameos from a cast to die for. An altogether enjoyably eccentric, off-beat charmer made with the director’s characteristic deadpan whimsy. The Lovely Bones (12A)

1 Mar: Exeter Picturehouse,

0871 704 2057, www.

26 Mar – 1 Apr: Plymouth Arts Centre, 01752 206114,

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Dir: Tim Burton, starring Mia Wasikowska, Anne Hathaway, Johnny Depp and Michael Sheen 2010/US/TBA Based on Lewis Carroll’s children’s classic about a girl who disappears down a rabbit hole into the bizarre Wonderland. This marks director Tim Burton’s second remake of a fantastical children’s tale (after Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and regular collaborator Johnny Depp is back as the scariest incarnation of the Mad Hatter. Although this is a film squarely marketed at kids, expect the usual darkness and quirky nature of the director’s previous films. To add another dimension (literally!) this film has been shot in 3D and should feed those addicted to the latest of cinematic technologies.

Released: 12 Mar GREEN ZONE (15)

Dir: Paul Greengrass, starring Matt Damon, Amy Ryan, Greg Kinnear and Jason Isaacs 2010/US/115 mins Set during the early days of the Iraq War, and based on the book ‘Imperial Life In The Emerald City’, this is an action thriller about one soldier (Matt Damon), charged with finding the weapons of mass destruction thought to exist in Iraq, who goes off the reservation in pursuit of the truth. The director Paul Greengrass and the film’s lead have a good record in this genre; creating realistic thrills and action for the Bourne sequels. This could also mark a departure from the recent spate of Iraq films (The Hurt Locker being an excellent example) as it deals with a different and controversial area of the conflict.

www.plymouthartscentre. org Director: Peter Jackson, starring Stanley Tucci, Mark Walhberg and Rachel Weisz 2009/US/139 mins Based on the best selling book by Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones is the story of a 14-year-old girl from suburban Pennsylvania who is murdered by her neighbour. She tells the story from Heaven, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body. Director Peter Jackson has crafted superb thrills in The Frighteners and Heavenly Creatures and this film will mix his love of the horror genre with the cerebral imagery of Middle Earth. Should be great. Sherlock Holmes (12A)

2 – 4 Mar: Plymouth Arts

Centre, 01752 206114, www. Dir. Guy Ritchie, starring Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law and Mark Strong 2009/ UK/128 mins In a dynamic new portrayal of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous characters, Sherlock Holmes and his trusted colleague Watson go all Guy Ritchie in their latest challenge. Revealing fighting skills as lethal as his legendary intellect, Holmes will battle as never before to bring down a new nemesis and unravel a deadly plot that could destroy the country. In a brilliant bit of casting Robert Downey Jr brings all of his edgy physicality and sharp intelligence to a totally new take on a very familiar character and carries it off brilliantly. Conan Doyle and director Guy Ritchie aren’t exactly a match made in heaven stylistically, but Madge’s wife sure does know how to do bare knuckle boxing at it best. Interesting my dear reader!

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (12A) 29 Mar: The Church Rooms, Lostwithiel, 01208 873242, Dir: Woody Allen, starring Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson, Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz 2008/US/99 mins Vicky and Cristina, are on a summer holiday in Spain. At an art exhibition, they notice the artist Juan Antonio. Cristina is impressed with him at first sight, and grows intrigued when they find out that the artist has suffered a violent relationship with his ex-wife, María Elena. They are unaware that his ex-wife, is about to re-enter the picture. An excellent Woody Allen film that comes from a smart and sexy script, delivered with beautiful filming and strong performances from all. Words: John Barker

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RED MIST, Cavern Club, 83 – 83 Queen St, EX4 3RP, www., 8pm, £4, Jeckyll & Hyde present Red Mist, Tasters Choice, Brace For A Fall, Tear Down The Sky.


LOST ON CAMPUS, The Lighthouse, 26 Esplanade Rd, TQ4 6BG, 8pm, £3, With support from Eat Sleep Attack, Thomas Kavanagh, Rich Cottell. Contact torch_the_house@ for info.


LIVE BANDS, The Perfect 5th, 61 High St, TA1 3PT, www., 9pm, £free, With music from Everything Burns, We Are Fiction and a local support band.

Wed.03 Taunton

STAR SPANGLED SLAMMER, The Perfect 5th, 61 High St, TA1 3PT,, 9pm, £3, Fundraiser. With music from I Am Bodhi, support TBC.

Thu.04 Exeter

PICTUREHOUSE LIVE, Exeter Picturehouse, 51 Bartholomew St West, EX4 3AJ, 01392 285960,, 8.30pm, £free, Live music from Jim Causley, The Tinleys, Alex Jemima and Rosie Eade. WILLIE AND THE BANDITS, Mama Stones, 1 Mary Arches St, EX4 3BA, www.mamastones. com, 8pm – 1am, £free, Roots rock trio ‘Wille and the Bandits’ are coming to the South West‘s premier live music venue ‘Mama Stone’s’ to play a month long residency.


BOOGIE KNIGHTS, Barley Sheaf, Church St, PL14 3AQ, www., 9pm, £free, Great disco band. Wigs and flares a must.


DODGEY PRACTICE, The Spinning Wheel Inn, Paignton Sea Front, enquiries@, 9pm – 11.50pm, £free, 9 piece funky/soul/ disco band - 3 vocalists, horns, keys, bass, guitar, drums, www.dodgeypractice. com


OFFSHORE DRIFT, B Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle St, The Barbican, PL1 2NJ, 01752 242021, www.theb-bar.blogspot. com, 9pm, £2, Nu-folk night with duo playing double-bass, banjo, guitars and accordion, plus support. BLACK DANIEL, Ride Café, Tavistock Place, £free, They’ve got a knack for big ominous electro –

The Automatic + Support

Princess Pavilion, Falmouth, 5 March Having survived the initial wave of hype that surrounded them, Welsh boys, The Automatic, have regrouped, revamped and refined the spiky rock’n’roll that made them a household name in the first place. check them out. blackdanielspace HIPPO UNSIGNED, The Hippo, 9 Bath St, PL1 3LT, 01752 223737,, 7.30pm – 12.30am, £3, Feat. Corsellis, The Royals, The Orkid. £1.50 bottles all night, free BBQ! ALEX HART, Annabel’s Cabaret & Discotheque, Vauxhall St, PL4 0EY, Soul/jazz/funk acoustic show


TAKE A LOAD OFF, The Perfect 5th, 61 High St, TA1 3PT, www., 9pm, £5/£4 With Amy Can Flyy, Casio Kid, Canada Water, We Were Kids and Aflame

Fri.05 Exeter

LEVI ROOTS, Exeter Phoenix, Gandy St, EX4 3LS, 01392 667080, uk, 8.30pm, £12/£10, The creator of Reggae Reggae Sauce, Levi Roots has a new album out called Red Hot. BARNFIELD MUSIC CLUB, Clifford Suite, Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Rd, EX1 1SN, www., 7.45pm – 11pm, £1, Open-mic night, in theatre setting, with stage, lighting and full PA system. All genres of music very welcome,as is audience. A varied and entertaining evening. Cafe and Bar. £1 entry is also a raffle ticket.

ZEN HUSSIES, Arts Café, Eden Project, Bodelva, 01726 811911,, 7pm – 12.30am, £10, The Zen Hussies join resident DJs Jelly Jazz for the first Arts Café of 2010. Get a free drink if you book in advance.



METAL NIGHT, The Perfect 5th, 61 High St, TA1 3PT, www., 9pm, £5 With Cambion, The Fake Exterior, No Closure and The Perfect Crime.

Sat.06 Exeter

A2D MUSIC EXPO, Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy St, EX4 3LS, www.exeterphoenix., 01392 495301, 10.30am – onwards, £4adv/£5otd, Live performances alongside exclusive live sessions in Sound Gallery recording studios. Info: / PHOENIXSOUNDS, Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy St, EX4 3LS, www.exeterphoenix., 01392 495301, 7.30pm, £4adv/£5otd, Blade Runner theme night to celebrate ‘Rachel’s Love Theme’ (Vangelis), featuring a live performance and a Q&A session with Raphael Ravenscroft - the original Saxophonist on the sound track - plus live music from Kat Marsh, Swanston and special guests. THE BLOCKHEADS, Exeter Phoenix, Gandy St, EX4 3LS, 01392 667080, www., 8.30pm, £15adv, Their EMI CD, “Staring Down The Barrel” and the Ian Dury biopic “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll” has propelled the Blockheads back into the limelight. BOBKATZ, Prospect Inn, The Quay, EX2 4AN, 01392 273152, 9.30pm – 11.30pm, The KatZ excel at playing exciting high energy pop/punk with style, covering some of the most memorable contemporary music of our time, from QOTSA to KOL. Over 18s only.


THE DEERING, Jack Chams,


HAMER & ISAACS GYPSY SWING QUARTET, B Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle St, The Barbican, PL1 2NJ, 01752 242021, www.theb-bar.blogspot. com, 9pm, £3 Gypsy jazz guitar duo perform originals and interpretations of swinging jazz tunes straight from the Hot Club. SIMMERTONES, White Rabbit, Bretonside, PL4 0BG, www., 8pm, With Gecko ELVIS, Annabel’s Cabaret & Discotheque, Vauxhall St, PL4 0EY, Lou Jordan as Elvis, with exotic belly

Ebrington St, 9pm – 1am, £free, Alt rock favourites The Deering play a live set. ELVIS, Annabel’s Cabaret & Discotheque, Vauxhall St, PL4 0EY, Lou Jordan as Elvis, with support from Michael Campari and burlesque from Miss Kitty Kane



SUNDAY SOCIAL, Café Bar, Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy St, EX4 3LS, www., 01392 495301, 12pm-4pm, £free, If you are interested in playing, contact them via Every Sun. INSPIRATIONAL WOMENS VOICES, Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy St, EX4 3LS,, 01392 667598, 8pm, £6/£5 Not for profit event – proceeds will go to Exeter Women’s Aid. Musical performances from Holly Ebony and Ella Turk-Richards. GECKO, Timepiece, Little Castle St, EX4 3PX, 7.30pm, £see venue Upbeat acoustic band Gecko produce quirky, witty and lyrically delightful music with reggae, soul and hip hop influences and a punk rock ethic. LIZZY PARKS, Voodoo Lounge, Exeter Phoenix, Gandy St, EX4 3LS, 01392 667080, www., 8pm, £8/£6 Soulful Exeter-born jazz singer/songwriter


MARCO SPIEZIA, Gylly Beach Café, Cliff Rd, TR11 4PA, 8pm, £free, A killer live set of funky acoustic music guaranteed to get your feet moving.


ACOUSTIC WINE DOWN, Ride Café, Tavistock Place, £free, Kick back on Sunday night with Joe Biddle’s Acoustic Wine Down at Ride. Tonight: Kat Marsh (10pm), Luke Thomas (11pm), Patrick James Pearson (12am) and Esther Alexandra (1am).


OPEN MIC, The Perfect 5th, 61 High St, TA1 3PT, www., 7pm, £free Everyone’s welcome!

Mon.08 Paignton

Hadouken! + Support

Lemon Grove, Exeter University, 8 March You either love them, hate them or couldn’t give a frog’s vocal sac about them but neon-raddled, grindie-pop delinquents, Hadouken!, are still garnering fans and accolades by the truckload. Don’t forget your glow sticks.

THIS DISTANCE & OSMIUM, The Lighthouse, 26 Esplanade Rd, TQ4 6BG, 8pm, £4, With support from Through Solace and Permanence. Contact torch_the_house@hotmail. com for info.

Wed.10 Liskeard


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LIVE Idlewild + Support The Hippo, Plymouth, 6 March The Scottish alt-rockers may have matured beyond their years since their anarchic conception in the early noughties but Roddy Woomble and co still know how to pen a thoughtful, memorable tune, as last year’s ‘Post Electric Blues’ attests.

com, 9pm, £see venue, Talented young guitarist takes to the stage with some high-tech guests. A night of musical wizardry. ALBENAZA, Ride Café, Tavistock Place, £free, Having just returned from their tour of the Alps, the local trio are back to celebrate their homecoming! HIPPO UNSIGNED, The Hippo, 9 Bath St, PL1 3LT, 01752 223737,, 7.30pm – 12.30am, £3, This week featuring awesome Cornish metal band Beryllium! Plus Eye for an Eye ( eyeforaneyeband) and Fatty Chan (www. £1.50 bottles all night, free BBQ!


St, PL14 3AQ, www.thebarley. com, 8pm, £2, All players and friends welcome.


CAFÉ ACOUSTICA, B Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle St, The Barbican, PL1 2NJ, 01752 242021, www.theb-bar.blogspot. com, 9pm, £free, B Bar’s fortnightly showcase of unplugged talent, hosted by singer-songwriter Jessie Mullen, with Ian Crawford, Tracey Morais and Rise Centurian.



LIVE BANDS, The Perfect 5th, 61 High St, TA1 3PT, www., 8pm, £4/£5, Spoon Thieves, Major Major, Young Vinylls, Iconyx. (Age 16+)


LIVE N UP PRESENTS, The Perfect 5th, 61 High St, TA1 3PT, Exeter, 7.30pm, 6IX TOYS, The Cavern Club, 83 £3, Silent Mob, Fletcher, Bullet Ballerina, Morwenna Swan, DJ Xander. (Age 16+) – 84 Queen St, EX4 3RP, 01392 495370,, 9pm – 2am, £4adv/£6otd, Presented by Cabaret Voltaire. Live seven piece funk breaks band in the vein of the James Exeter Brown and The Apples as championed by PICTUREHOUSE LIVE, Exeter Rob da Bank. With funk and house from Picturehouse, 51 Bartholomew DJs Heavy Stylus, Don Johnston and St West, EX4 3AJ, 01392 285960, Brodo., and wegottickets. 8.30pm, £free, As part of Vibraphonic BOBKATZ, Drakes, Fore St, Festival, live music from Solarference, Topsham EX3 0HF, 01392 273152, Adrian Maxwell, Small Hours (Smudge) 9.15pm – 11.30pm, The KatZ excel and Stuart Wills. at playing exciting high energy pop/punk BLAKFISH, Cavern Club, 83 – with style, covering some of the most 83 Queen St, EX4 3RP, www. memorable contemporary music of our, 8pm, £5, With time, from QOTSA to KOL. Over 18s only. support from Ono Palindromes. SKANDLE, Havana Bar and Restaurant, 38 Commercial Way, Liskeard EX4 4EP, 8pm – 1am, £7otd, DEVILS CREEK, Barley Sheaf, Another night of LIVE stomp/ska/reggae Church St, PL14 3AQ, www. featuring Shoot The Moon, DJ Peachy and, £free, Stonking guitar more – bring yer stomping shoes! Info: work from Guy. Nice tight, good old style r’n’b 3 piece.

LIVE Thu.11



CHRIS WOODS + GUESTS, B Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle St, The Barbican, PL1 2NJ, 01752 242021, www.theb-bar.blogspot.


MAMA TOKUS, B Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle St, The Barbican, PL1 2NJ, 01752 242021, www., 9pm, £5, An evening with the soul-jazz floozy


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Newton Faulkner + Support

Pavilions, Plymouth, 9 March After recent career-saving ops on his damaged right hand, Brit-nominated acoustic guitar virtuoso, Newton Faulkner, heartily heads out on a twoweek UK tour following the success of his sophomore release, the aptly titled ‘Rebuilt By Humans’. Mama Tokus, who will take you on a journey through the Deep South West, with some soul, R&B, blues and jazz business. ALL THE FIRES, The Hippo, 9 Bath St, PL1 3LT, 01752 223737,, 8pm – 12.30am, £3, All The Fires with Chandelier Falls, Elliot Sutcliffe and Liz Lawrence for a night of outstanding folk music. WISDOM IN CHAINS, White Rabbit, Bretonside, PL4 0BG,, 8pm, With True Valiance, Citadel, Envy The Fallen BOOGIE KNIGHTS, Annabel’s Cabaret & Discotheque, Vauxhall St, PL4 0EY, www., A five piece band playing disco, soul and funk classics in high boots and big wigs! With burlesque from Miss Kitty Kane.

Sat.13 Exeter

THE OCTOBER ENSEMBLE, Voodoo Lounge, Exeter Phoenix, Gandy St, EX4 3LS, 01392 667080, www.exeterphoenix., 8pm, £7.50, A continuously unfolding weave of contemporary jazz themes, minimalist soundscapes, improvisations, Latin and downbeat grooves. INDIE CLUB, Cavern Club, 83 – 83 Queen St, EX4 3RP, www., 8pm-2.30am, £free b4 9pm, With a performance from Eaststrikewest


BIG ED & THE RED ROCKERS, Famous Old Barrel, Princess St, EX8 1JA, 01395 276650, 9pm – 11pm, 80s night. A great mix of pop songs from the decade that gave us big

hair & Live Aid. Children with parent/ guardian welcome.


U:DISCO with SKETCHES, University of Plymouth Students Union, Drake Circus, PL4 8AA,, 10pm – 1am, £free b4 10pm, £2NUS extra/£3 NUS&guests, All the way from Leeds, Sketches take to the stage tonight to rock out some fantastic originals, this is a band to check out! HOTHOUSE PLAYBOYS, Annabel’s Cabaret & Discotheque, Vauxhall St, PL4 0EY, With bellydancing from Ameera

St Austell

ORANGE KNOWLEDGE, The Stag, 5 Victoria Place, PL25 5PE, 8pm – late, £free, Young loving reggae band: orangeknowledge

Sun.14 Exeter

SIERRA MAESTRA, Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy St, EX4 3LS, www.exeterphoenix., 8pm, £12/£10, Sierra Maestra have been stars of Cuban music since the late 70s. They remain the best of the modern era to play in the old-style son line-up: tres, guitar, trumpet, bongo, güiro and vocals. They have been the pioneers in reviving this style for new generations. Part of Vibraphonic Festival.


HAYSEED DIXIE, Princess Pavilion, 41 Melville Rd, 01326 211222, www.princesspavilion., £12, America’s ‘Rockgrass’ raconteurs, Hayseed Dixie the Falmouth’s Princess Pavilion with support from one of the SW’s most exceptional musicians, blues man, Thomas Ford (www.myspace. com/thomasfordsolo)


ACOUSTIC WINE DOWN, Ride Café, Tavistock Place, £free, Kick back on Sunday night with Joe Biddle’s Acoustic Wine Down at Ride. Tonight: Josie Ghost (10pm), Alex Hart (11pm), Liz n Chicken (12am) and Matt Brenton (1am)


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OPEN MIC, The Perfect 5th, 61 High St, TA1 3PT, www., 7pm, £free Everyone’s welcome!

Mon.15 Exmouth

The Computers + Outcry Collective

White Rabbit, Plymouth, 15 March Cavern, Exeter, 16th March Exeter’s hi-octane punk’n’rollers, The Computers, continue on their quest to put the post-punk quiff back on the underground agenda. Think The Bronx, think Chuck Berry, think four-to-thefloor jive-core abandon. MARTIN WELLER’S OPEN MIC, Famous Old Barrel, Princess St, EX8 1JA, 01395 276650, 8.30pm – 11pm, Open mic night – musicians and normal people welcome! Kids with parent/guardian welcome.


BORN FROM PAIN, The Lighthouse, 26 Esplanade Rd, TQ4 6BG, 8pm, £4adv/£5otd, With support from Shaped By Fate, Heart Of A Coward, Depths and We Hold The Gun. Tickets available from www.wegottickets. com. Contact torch_the_house@hotmail. com for info.

Wed.17 Plymouth

MAD DOG MCREA, The Hippo, 9 Bath St, PL1 3LT, 01752 223737,, 8pm – 2am, £5/£3NUS, Celebrate St Patricks day with a jig, some Guinness and Mad Dog. SOULS OF MISCHIEF, White Rabbit, Bretonside, PL4 0BG,, 8pm, Top Billin present Souls Of Mischeif with Genesis, Elijah and Contact Play.

Thu.18 Exeter

PICTUREHOUSE LIVE, Exeter Picturehouse, 51 Bartholomew St West, EX4 3AJ, 01392 285960,, 8.30pm, £free, As part of Vibraphonic Festival, live music from Heg Doughty (national tour), Rosa Rebecka, Roll With Dice and The Magic Greenery. ROCK SHOW BIRTHDAY, The Hole In The Wall, Little Castle St, EX4 3PX, www., 9pm, £3, The Rock Show on Phonic FM celebrate’s it’s second birthday with a party. With the usual rock anthems and tantalizing burlesque from Lady Lace’s School Of Burlesque, party cakes and cheap drinks. www.rockshowonphonicfm. com. LACK OF AFRO, Mama Stones, 1 Mary Arches St, EX4 3BA, www., 8pm, £3adv, 5

The Skints + Crazy Arm + Anti Vigilante White Rabbit, Plymouth, 13 March Roots reggae and punk rock have been cosy bedfellows since the mid‘70s but only a few bands – Clash, Specials, Ruts, Slits – have melded the genres with sophistication and suss. Skank forward London quartet, The Skints. Support from rising roots-punks, Crazy Arm, and ska-core newbies, Anti Vigilante. piece live funk band with Adam Gibbon aka Lack of Afro.


LOUIS ELIOT BAND, Barley Sheaf, Church St, PL14 3AQ,, 9pm, £free, St Patricks night bash.


WILL MCNICOL, B Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle St, The Barbican, PL1 2NJ, 01752 242021, www., 9pm, £2, Classically trained guitarist Will McNicol has developed a unique style of his own, combining acoustic tapping and slapping techniques with the more conventional classical approach. IMPERIAL LEISURE, Ride Café, Tavistock Place, £free, Playing their own particular take of rock steady, party hip hop and mosh-pit inducing punk, complete with live brass, decks and keys, their music is a killer combination of neat beats, great tunes and irresistibly catchy hooks. They’ll blow the roof off the marquee! Arrive early to avoid disappointment. imperialleisure HIPPO UNSIGNED, The Hippo, 9 Bath St, PL1 3LT, 01752 223737,, 7.30pm – 12.30am, £3, Feat. Corsellis, The Royals, The Orkid. £1.50 bottles all night, free BBQ!


RICHARD HUISH PRESENTS, The Perfect 5th, 61 High St, TA1 3PT,, 9pm – 3am, £3, The Joe Public, Jonny Black, other Huish bands TBC.

Fri.19 Exeter

OMAR, Mama Stones, 1 Mary Arches St, EX4 3BA, www., 8pm, £12.50adv, British soul icon and founder of nuclassic soul, Omar plays jazz, funk, r’n’b, soul, disco and latin styles, mixed with classic orchestral sounds. LED BIB, Corn Exchange, George St, EX1 1BU,, £15, 2009 Mercury Prize nominees Led Bib are a London-based quintet of dual saxes, keyboards, bass and drums. JOHNNY WINTER, Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy St, EX4 3LS, www.exeterphoenix., 01392 495301, 8pm, £21.50adv/£25otd, Bluesrock icon Johnny Winter and his band, with Julian Piper’s Jelly Roll. LOS MONDO BONGO, Cavern Club, 83 – 83 Queen St, EX4 3RP,, 8pm, £10, Los Mondo Bongo celebrate the music of Joe Strummer. VOICE OF THE SEVEN THUNDERS, Voodoo Lounge, Exeter Phoenix, Gandy St, EX4 3LS, 01392 667080, www., 10pm, £8/£6, An apocalyptic vision of monolithic riffs and primal rhythms that harnesses elements of 70’s krautrock, bucolic English psychedelia, electric acid rock and kosmische textures. With Birds, Orphans and Fools DJs.


ANGUS, The Seven Stars, Bridge St, EX16 5LY, 9pm – 12am, £free, Angus play the hits of AC/DC. Angus are the best AC/DC tribute from the SW covering both the Bonn Scott and Brian Johnson eras.



IMPERIAL LEISURE, The Koola, 12 Beach Road, TR7 1ES, www., £5, Nine piece hip hop/rock/ska outfit. Tickets: www.


OUT TO GRASS, B Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle St, The Barbican, PL1 2NJ, 01752 242021, www., 9pm, £5, Plymouth’s favourite bluegrass boys mean bad-ass business as they apply their amazing ability to well-known tunes. REDVEGAS, Mutley Crown, Mutley Plain, 9.30pm, Experience the natural high energy of Redvegas! REVEREND & THE MAKERS, White Rabbit, Bretonside, PL4 0BG,, 8pm GLAMOUR OF THE KILL, Crash Manor, Union St, www., 7pm – 10pm, The White Rabbit present Glamour Of The Kill, Yashin and The Deering at Crash Manor. THE DIAMOND GEEZERS, Annabel’s Cabaret & Discotheque, Vauxhall St, PL4 0EY,, Support from Michael Campari and exotic bellydancing from Ameera


MADDIE SOUTHORN, The Plough Arts Centre, 9 – 11 Fore St, EX38 8HQ, 01805 624624,, Folk/ acoustic/roots

Sat.20 Exeter

BOBKATZ, Bowling Green, 29-30 Blackboy Rd, EX4 6ST, 01392 678962, 9.15pm – 11.30pm, Pop punk. Over 18s only. ACOUSTIC LADYLAND, Cavern Club, 83 – 83 Queen St, EX4 3RP,, 8pm, £see venue, High energy punk jazz

Wild Beasts + Support

LIVE Exeter Phoenix, 16 March Flailing in their own eccentric and unique universe, Leeds baroque-pop quartet, Wild Beasts, would be your favourite new band if you only gave them the chance. Go buy their latest album, ‘Two Dancers’, and fall in love. Or fuck off.




Shepton Mallet

ZETAN SPORE LIVE, The Bell Hotel, 2 High St, BA4 5AN, 8.30pm – 12am, £free, Euphoric, driving, tribal psytrance featuring live sequencing, guitars and didgeridoo. www.

St Austell

1 METER ROYALTY & SEVEN STARS RIOT SQUAD, St Austell Rugby Club, Tregorrick Park, PL26 7AG, 8pm – late, £3,Two punk ska bands live at St Austell’s Rugby Club


BOBKATZ, New Quay Inn, Teignmouth, TQ14 8DA, 01626 774145, 9.15pm – 11.30pm The KatZ excel at playing exciting high energy pop/punk with style, covering some of the most memorable contemporary music of our time, from QOTSA to KOL. Over 18s only.

THE ARUSHA ACCORD, White Rabbit, Bretonside, PL4 0BG,, 8pm, Metal/progressive/experimental www. SMOKESTACK, Annabel’s Cabaret & Discotheque, Vauxhall St, PL4 0EY, www., A brilliant RnB Blues band, with burlesque from Miss Kitty Kane.


WILLIE AND THE BANDITS, Tintagel Arms, Fore St, PL34 0DB,, 7pm – 1am, £free, As pioneers of the UK roots-rock scene, they have already made waves across Europe thanks to their distinctive, organic style. Seamlessly fusing a heady mix of blues, reggae, rock and latino, expect their sets not only to

New Model Army + Support

Princess Pavilion, Falmouth, 23 March You can’t plod three feet through sludgy mud at a ‘trad’ fest these days without bumping into a gaggle of fortysomethings sporting NMA shirts and suspect barnets. Such is the band’s legacy. Seriously though, the Bradford bruisers, led by the ever-disillusioned Justin Sullivan, still pack a mean sonic punch.

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LIVE Reverend And The Makers + Support

White Rabbit, Plymouth, 19 March Princess Pavilion, Falmouth, 20 March Arrogance and self-righteousness haven’t stopped Jon McClure and his Makers from forging themselves on the British public. Mates with Arctic Monkeys et al, the Sheffield band utilise indie rock, electro and funk to complete their signature sound, combined with an overt leftist political stance.

Gandy St, EX4 3LS, www., 8pm, £17.50


METAL NIGHT, The Perfect 5th, 61 High St, TA1 3PT, www., 8pm, £4, Out of Enemies, Idiom, Brace For All, Silent Empathy.

CLUB take you on a journey but get the sweat dripping from the ceiling!

Sun.21 Exeter

NEIL COWLEY TRIO, Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy St, EX4 3LS, www., 01392 667080, 8pm, £12/£10, Once dubbed “jazz for Radiohead fans” the Neil Cowley Trio have turned the concept of the piano trio on its head. Pianist and composer Neil Cowley is joined by his long-time collaborators; Evan Jenkins on drums, and Richard Sadler on bass. Part of Vibraphonic Festival.


ACOUSTIC WINE DOWN, Ride Café, Tavistock Place, £free, Kick back on Sunday night with Joe Biddle’s Acoustic Wine Down at Ride. Tonight: Francis and the Drakes (10pm), DUO Dan Hiley (11pm), Oli Andrews (12am) and Dan Cottle (1am).


OPEN MIC, The Perfect 5th, 61 High St, TA1 3PT, www., 7pm, £free, Everyone’s welcome!

Mon.22 Exeter

THIS IS HELL, The Cavern Club, 83 – 84 Queen St, EX4 3RP, 01392 495370, www.cavernclub., 8pm, £6.50adv/£7.50otd, Support from More Than Life, Osmium, Depths and We Hold The Gun. Info from

Tue.23 Exeter

WISHBONE ASH, Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place,

The Lawrence Arms + The Cut Ups + Attack! Vipers!

Cavern, Exeter, 25 March Chicago trio, The Lawrence Arms, combine their punk rock roots with a penchant for acoustic confessionals, resulting in an anthemic sound somewhere between Alkaline Trio and Against Me!.

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CAFÉ ACOUSTICA, B Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle St, The Barbican, PL1 2NJ, 01752 242021, www.theb-bar.blogspot. com, 9pm, £free, B Bar’s fortnightly showcase of unplugged talent, hosted by singer-songwriter Jessie Mullen, with 2Tonic, Jimmy Buddah and the Bernies.


AUCTION FOR THE PROMISE CLUB, Wig and Pen, Little Castle St, 8pm – 12am, £free, The Cornish band support Reverend And The Maker at Plymouth Pavilions on 20 March, and are due to record their debut EP at Abbey Road. Tonight, support from Gregor and the Martians. auctionforthepromiseclub SALAD LOVING SPACE BEARS, Live Bar (formerly Bar 200), TR1, 8pm – late, £3, Joined by Elipsis & Marble Fairy.

Thu.25 Exeter

PICTUREHOUSE LIVE, Exeter Picturehouse, 51 Bartholomew St West, EX4 3AJ, 01392 285960,, 8.30pm, £free, Acoustic Pop Noise: Live music from Superpunk Muffin, Simon Bish, Laura Turley and Fat Battery. ANDY MCKEE, Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy St, EX4 3LS,, 8pm, £13.50adv/£15otd, One of the world’s finest acoustic soloists, his attention to song structure and melodic content elevating him above the typical guitarist. THE LAWRENCE ARMS, Cavern Club, 83 – 83 Queen St, EX4 3RP,, 8pm-1am, £7, American punk rockers from Illinois with support from Cut Ups and Attack Vipers.


AUCTION FOR THE PROMISE CLUB, 5 Degrees Below, Falmouth Marina, 8pm – 12am, £free, AFTPC continue with their EP tour. auctionforthepromiseclub


KERNUYCK, Barley Sheaf, Church St, PL14 3AQ, www., 9pm, £free, The dogs bolleaux. Cornish heavy metal band.


THE BAKER BROTHERS, Ride Café, Tavistock Place, £free, Incredible high energy funk outfit,

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Andy Mckee + Support

Exeter Phoenix, 25 March You Tube sensation, Andy McKee, is touted as one of the world’s finest acoustic soloists, using altered tunings, partial capos, percussive hits and precision tapping as compositional tools. Mesmerisingly impressive. guaranteed to get you jumping! www. HIPPO UNSIGNED, The Hippo, 9 Bath St, PL1 3LT, 01752 223737,, 7.30pm – 12.30am, £3, Feat. Cornish punk band Room 4 1 More. £1.50 bottles all night, free BBQ! FEED THE RHINO, White Rabbit, Bretonside, PL4 0BG, www., 10pm – 2am, Hardcore/rock feedtherhinomusic

Fri.26 Falmouth

MARCO SPIEZIA, Toast, 18 Church St, TR11 4PA, doors 6pm, music from 10pm, £free, Live band playing an uptempo set of party grooves & happy tunes.


LOUISE PARKER DUO, B Bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle St, The Barbican, PL1 2NJ, 01752 242021, www.theb-bar.blogspot. com, 9pm, £5,Smooth jazz vocals. AUCTION FOR THE PROMISE CLUB, The Hippo, 9 Bath St, PL1 3LT, 01752 223737, www., 8pm – 12.30am, £4, An awesome indie rock band. REDVEGAS, Millbridge Inn, 9.30pm, Experience the natural high energy of Redvegas! THE HUMAN PROJECT, White Rabbit, Bretonside, PL4 0BG,, 10pm Convoy Promotions present Strung Out with The Human Project. THE ROOSTERS, Annabel’s Cabaret & Discotheque, Vauxhall St, PL4 0EY, www., Swing, boogaloo and jive from The Roosters.

Sat.27 Exeter

Pama International +Dub Pistols

Exeter Phoenix, 12 March The Hippo, Plymouth, 13 March British reggae superstars, Pama International play two gigs down our way this month, in support of recent album, Outernational. They play “soul-fuelled, dub-induced reggae for the people”and their new album includes contributions from members of The Specials, and their current tour line-up includes musicians who have played for U Roy, African Head Charge, Gregory Isaacs and Frankie Paul. Nuff said. a

BOBKATZ, Black Horse, Longbrooke Road, EX4 6AB, 01392 257974, 9.30pm – 11.30pm Pop punk. Over 18s only.


MAD HATTERS TEA PARTY, Poldark Mine, Wendron, nr Helston, 10pm – 4.40am, £12adv Poldark Parties present an Alice In Wonderland themed event that promises to be a memorable night out. The grounds of this historic tin mine play host to a festival style event with entertainment across several rooms. With burlesque performances, a 50s, 60s and 70s disco, and rocking live performances from bands. Electic dance act Lunasea perform in the main room, with Max Honeyman, Freerange Party Society, Sir Funkalot and Jay Stu. Flamboyant fancy dress is necessary! Coach and info line 01736 350984


DECADE FIVE, Barley Sheaf, Church St, PL14 3AQ, www., 9pm, £free Top covers, 2 girl vocalists.


AUCTION FOR THE PROMISE CLUB, The Seiners, sea front, 8pm – 12am, £free AFTPC continue with their EP tour.


TOP SHELF JAZZ, Annabel’s Cabaret & Discotheque, Vauxhall St, PL4 0EY, www. Hot swing and filthy prohibition jazz with support from Michael Campari.

Sun.28 Plymouth

ACOUSTIC WINE DOWN, Ride Café, Tavistock Place, £free Kick back on Sunday night with Joe Biddle’s Acoustic Wine Down at Ride. Tonight: Si Holmes (10pm), Alex Jones (11pm), Thomas Ford (12am) and Rik Weightman (1am)


OPEN MIC, The Perfect 5th, 61 High St, TA1 3PT, www., 7pm, £free Everyone welcome!

Mon.29 Exeter

INGESTED/IGNOMINOUS INCARCERATION, Cavern Club, 83 – 83 Queen St, EX4 3RP, www., 8pm-1am, £see venue. With support from Depths and Carcer City.

Wed.31 Taunton

LIVE BANDS, The Perfect 5th, 61 High St, TA1 3PT, www., 9pm, £3 Music from Anderson, The Peppermint Hunting Lodge, Bolsheviks and more TBC.

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We kicked off our touring year with a weekend of shows accompanied by London punk soul brothers THE DISSOCIATES – a lovely bunch of misfits with a simmering undercurrent of inter-band animosity that was most amusing from the outside. First stop, Southampton, was a gloriously bristling sweatathon with the added benefits of punk rock shoutiness from new punks on the tower block, ROOFTOPS (Goblets, 15 Jan). We even managed to shoe in a couple of our special New Year’s Eve covers, much to everyone’s delight. Next stop London, where The Dissociates truly shone (Hope & Anchor, 16 Jan). They manage to embalm the corpse of Washington DC mini-legends Bluetip in a soulful Dexys swagger that results in amazing songs like ‘Under Heavy Manners’, where clever rhythms rub up against unbridled expression. Top dollar. Before them, Welsh warblers, LONGKNIVES (not to be confused with The Long Knives) were a euphoric hybrid of Muse, Coldplay, Chillis with a touch of their own magic. Were they really? Of course not. But that’s how they describe themselves on their Myspace. In reality, they were but a tiny fraction better than the sort of choff you see every week at your local ‘premier live music venue’. Still, not as bad as GIDEON’S DEMISE. They brought most of their extended family along which, roughly translated, made for the worst kind of sycophancy and the most miserably plain pub rock imaginable. Last stop, Brighton (Prince Albert, 17 Jan), where ex-Capdown trio, THIS CONTRAST KILLS, were busy trying to reinvent themselves with neo-rock sophistication and sampled synth hooks. All very ‘90s. Not very promising. Homeboys, THE FALLTHROUGH, were excruciating in their desperate need to be accepted as a genuine hardcore unit. Unfortunately, they haven’t got the power, poise, precision or personality of the Strike Anywheres of this world, no matter how hard they pump the air with fists and ersatz rabble-rousing. At the other end of the talent scale, BARONESS are a bunch whose effortless command of their chosen niche is something of a minor revelation and a major inspiration (Underworld, London, 19 Jan). I pity other ensembles that plough any kind of Southern groove while this Georgia quartet are doing the rounds. What’s not to love? The sexualized rhythmic stomp, the dazzling guitar overlays and the ‘70s folk-jam interludes are mesmerising enough but when iconic frontman, John Baizley, locks his molten stare and unhinges his jaw to bellow the powerful refrain to ‘A Horse Called Golgotha’, you could feel the hero-worship dripping down the walls. Staying with guitar legends, everyone knows that our Vince Lee has the muso Midas touch, in the sense that whatever he touches turns to solid gold sound. And so it goes with THE WILDCARDS: a marriage made in veritable swing-blues heaven (White Rabbit, Plymouth, 22 Jan). The band are undeniably awesome, underpinning and weaving ‘40s/’50s rhythms around Vince’s gnarly fret acrobatics, but his voice and that guitar are the stuff of modern-goes-vintage rock’n’roll legend, at least to those lucky enough to have experienced it. If you haven’t, where the fuck have you been? THE ROOFTOP GAMBLER‘s EP launch (out on onec/UPR now) proved that the seductive trio are as perfectly honed as any intelligent indie contender you care to mention (White Rabbit, Plymouth, 29 Jan). Every beat, chord and hookline was imbued with a sense of purpose, without resorting to noisy squall or sentimental indulgence. Brilliant. Also ploughing his own unique furrow, PATRICK JAMES PEARSON’s electric piano hooks and silky vocal frolics were bang on the money, bolstered by foot-operated kick-drum thuds and tambourine that added just enough to punctuate his imaginatively forceful anti-pop vignettes. You could count the amount of DJs reviewed in this column on Abu Hamza’s right hand but, for some reason or another, we found ourselves frugging gently to the squelching breaks of Radio One’s uber-streetsmart spinnerette, MARY ANNE HOBBS (White Rabbit, Plymouth, 30 Jan). She played some great dub-step and hip-hop that was typically marred by incessant and artless MCs who seemed to have no concept of the word restraint. B-boys will be b-boys. Everybody and their internal haemorrhoid knows how highly I rate BANGERS (who were typically ace tonight) so I’ll focus instead on Falmouth’s CROCUS (Live Bar, Truro, 4 Feb). It’s not everyday you encounter a raging fireball of sinewy intensity draped in situationist sloganeering, armed with a crypto-hardcore sensibility that makes mincemeat of all those pedestrian thrashers whom kids flock to like hungry yet pathetic ants. So when you do, the only option is to let it flow through you and marvel at the progressive art-brut spectacle. But then, of course, the band will argue that the ‘spectacle’ is everything they are against and that they ‘represent the rejection of fragmentary opposition and the yielding of détournement subversif’. Brains, brawn and belligerence? By the fucking bucketload. See-ya bye.

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MONDAY MADNESS. Arena Summerland St. 10pm-2.30am, in adv. £3 Exeter’s biggest student, with weekly themes. THE MONDAY MIXER.Timepiece. Little Castle Street. DJ Spin Doctor (except Mon 8th & 15th March) 8th 4 ELEMENTS Timepiece, 9pm. £free. Combining the four elements of hip hop inc dancing, break dancing, MCing and graffiti ith support from local artists. 15th HOLD IT DOWN PRESENTS MIX MASTER MIKE Exeter Phoenix 8.30pm £13.50 in adv. Mix Master Mike is one of the Beastie Boys crew and this is an exclusive set from him. Support from DJ Loctite, Hazardous, Ron Willis & Compo. Falmouth BAR 150 Remedies. The Moor. 10pm-2am, £free. D’n’B, reggae, indie etc.


SUPER CHY MONDAYS. The Chy & Koola, 12 Beach Rd. 10pm3.30am, £4/£2. DJ’s Robin Parris & Proof playing hip hop, funk, party, breaks, indie, rock, dance, grime, R’n’B, reggae, D’n’B, gypsy swing kinda thing & cheap booze for locals!

CHILL OUT SOUNDS. Remedies. £free, 10pm-2am. Chilled sounds. GLITCH! Shades. £2/£1 NUS, 10pm - late. Indie-electro, nu-rave & I.D.M.


DANCE DANCE DANCE. Firefly. 10pm – 4am. Free before 12 £2 after. Minimal house and techno djs fynn daluxx, krafty sounds plus guests. these guys have been rocking the white rabbit all of last year and now bring their unique sound to north hills newest venue. LOVE TUESDAYS. Ride Cafe. 10pm-4am, £free. Wonkey Ben & Matt Burley spinning funk, breaks & hip hop. TWO’S DAY. Revolution. 8pm-late. Funky house and dance classics. STUDENT SESSION. The Quay. Above the Live Lounge. The Barbican. From 10pm. DJ Spike playing the besc in R&b, Hip-Hop, Electro, Indie, Soul, Pop and Rock.




BEATAMIX. Revolution, Derrys Cross. 9pm-2am, £2/free B4 10pm. All the best funky house, classic disco, rare beats & R’n’B. BIG WEDNESDAY. Ride Tuesdays Cafe,Tavistock Place. 9pm-2am, Exeter £2. Wonky Ben - Hook up, kick back, 9th MICHEAL JACKSON NIGHT rock out. £1 drinks deals; this night is Timepiece 10pm-1am £4/£3. rammed every week! Prsented by Hold it Down, special Jako BOOGIE NIGHTS in assoc. with Uni Plymouth, C103.103 Union St. tribute night with music from the early 10pm-2am, £3. Student only night. Jackson Five days right through to Commercial tunes, giveaways, games his latest recordings. Look out for the and drinks deals. Moonwalk and Best Dressed comps MIDWEEK BREAKDOWN. Crash on the night. Manor. 35 Union Street. PL1 3LU. Exmouth 9pm. Open decks hosted by Aiden OFFICE PARTY Fahrenheit, The Parade. 10pm-2.30am, £2/free B4 Howard SCANDALOUS. Firefly. 10 – 4. free 11pm. Commercial night. all night. Exeter’s longest running r’n’b Falmouth

BOOGIE NIGHT. Puls-8, 14-16 High Cross St. 8:30pm-1am, £3. Ultimate over 25s Party Night.


FLAVA. Park Lane, 1 Torwood St. 8pm-1am, £tbc. Urban selector night with Face playing hip hop, R’n’B, dancehall, garage, funk & soul.


THE BIG MIX WITH DJ PAUL BLEE L2, Calenick St. 9.30pm-1am, £3. Featuring the latest tunes and drinks ROCKABLE. Rouge Nightclub. 38 The Strand. EX23. £3. 9pm-2.30am. deals. All the best in Live Bands and Unsigned. Thursdays Acts from across the country.

LEGENDS. The Student Night . Timepiece. Little Castle Street BIG NIGHT OUT. Varsity, Derrys FLAVA!. Angel Bar. Exeter Queen Cross. 9pm-2am. More party, dance St. EX4 3SR. Nu Funk/Broken tunes whilst the drink flows. Beats/Jazz Breaks/Skanky Reggae/ FUNKOLOGY. Revolution. Derrys Hiphop/Cut+Paste. With Dj Freddy Cross, 8pm-2am, £tbc. Fusing funk, Pimms+Guests. Free Entry!. 9pm-1am. hip hop & breaks. 01392432611. STUDENT NIGHT. Oceana, QUIDS IN. Fahrenheit. The Parade. Barbican Leisure Park. 7pm-2am, 10pm-2.30am, £2/£1 NUS. Student £5/£4 NUS. Plymouth’s biggest student night that does what it says on the tin! night with 70’s, 80’s, 90’s party in the Falmouth New York Disco, Commercial classics in DA PULSE. Shades, 4 Quay the Ice House. Hill.11pm-2am, £2/£1 NUS. An WONKEYLEGS. Firefly. 10pm– eclectic mix of electro, minimal, techno, 4am. £2. Hip-hop, D&B and Dubstep. breaks and D’n’B with Da Pulse. St Austell LADIES NIGHT. Remedies, The BIG STUDENT NIGHT. Party PulsMoor. 10pm-2am, £free. Free shot for 8. 10pm-2am, £4/£2 NUS. DJ Dean the ladies. Chart and cheese music. playing the party classics. Q.COLLECTIVE Q. Bar, 15a Truro Killigrew St. 8pm-late, £free. A mix n STUDENT NIGHT. L2 Nightclub, blend of all things funky. Calenick Street 9.30pm - 1.30am. MONDAY’S FUN HOUSE. The Valbonne. 9.30pm-late, £5. Commercial night.

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night comes to firefly, playing the best r’n’b and hip hop HUSH. Oceana. Barbican Leisure Park, 9pm-3am, £tbc. The best in funk, hip-hop and R&B with resident DJ Benny Blanco. JUZZY’S HARD ONES. Zero’s, 24 Lockyer St, 10.30pm-2am, £free. Bouncy house, trance & hard Trance with DJ Juzzy B. PARTY NIGHT . Walkabout, Derrys Cross. 10pm-2am, £free. DJ Marcus Clarke with commercial tunes. SOUL NATION. View 2, Vauxhall St. 9pm-2am, £tbc. Soul, funk & Motown.


STUDENT NIGHT. The Corn Exchange, 19 Commercial St. 9pm-1am, £5/£1 B4 10.30pm. Student night with commercial tunes. Exeter INVASION OF THE RECORD SNATCHERS. Amber Rooms, 161 Sidwell St. Random selection of tunes, 9pm-2am. SCANDALOUS. Timepiece, Little Castle St. 9pm-1.30am, £2 B4 11pm. Fresh mix of R’n’B with Aldo Vanucci & JSR. WEEKEND WARM-UP. Arena, Summerland St. 9pm - 2am, £2/ free for ladies & NUS B4 11.30pm. Cheese, R’n’B & chart, very busy student night! 18th LACK OF AFRO Mama Stones 8pm £3 in adv. Funk producer and remixer, Lack of Afro is in high demand throughout the scene, so this is a chance to see what all the fuss is about This night will showcase his new material and his ew band, which goes on tour throughout Europe at the end of March.


LADIES NIGHT. Samantha’s, St Andrews Rd. 9.30pm-2am, £tbc. Ladies discount and chart tunes. BABES & BOOTNECKS. Fahrenheit, 7 The Parade. 10pm2.30am, £3. Classic tunes, get dirty!


FAT HARRYS DISCO MACHINE GUN. Shades, 4 Quay Hill. 11pm2am, £2. Disco classics and tunes TINY MUSIC. Remedies, The Moor. 10pm-2am, £free. Rock, indie and alternative music.


SINSATION. Sailors, 11-17 Fore St.

9pm-2am, £tbc. Commercial dance & party with Pete Jordan.


Club 2k: SKINN:DEEP D&B - Free Entry every Thursday


EASY LISTENING. View 2, Vauxhall St. 9pm-2am, £free. Blues & jazz. ESSENTIAL. Oceana, Barbican Leisure Park. 7pm-2am, £3/ free before 10pm. 70’s, 80’s, 90’s party in the New York Disco, House/R’n’B in the Ice House. GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER. Annabel’s Cabaret and Discotheque. 9pm-2am, £tbc. A unique night for talented artists to impress a live audience. HONKYTONK. Firefly. 10 – 4. free all night. DJ Griff play a whole world of amazing music . THURSDAY HOE DOWN. Zero’s. 24 Lockyer St. 10.30pm-2am, £free. Gay night with resident DJ Stev-e playing club classics, chart R&B & Euro dance. 11th BATTLESTATIONS, Voodoo Lounge, 9pm-2am, £2 on the door. True Hiphop night of Breaking, MCing, Live Graffiti, Baking, Beatboxing and Turntablist skills, with guest DJs, Fingerprince and Scratch 4 Cash.


STUDENT PARTY NIGHT. Twilight Zone, Little Vauxhall. 9pm-1am, £1. Expect chart & commercial tunes across the board.

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BEATS AND PIECES. Puls-8, 14-16 High Cross St. 9pm-1am, £4/£2 NUS. DJ Stan Collins and BK One.


WEEKEND WARM-UP. The Valbonne. 9.30pm-3am, £3/txt ‘mini’ to 82085 for free admission B4 12am. Freshest mix of RnB and Commercial Dance WE’VE GOT THURSDAYS, Bohemia Nightclub, Torwood Street,10pm-late, £4/£3 b4 12am/ free B4 10.30pm. New Thursday night session with £2 drinks all night. Tunes from ex Valbonne R’n’B resident DJ Rix and Dec B bringing you the finest tunes from the past present and future,


MID WEEK MADNESS The Office, 1 River Walk. 9pm-2am, £tbc. Emergency staff special with free entry, early start to the weekend.



FUNKY FRIDAYS. Caesar’s Palace, King St. 11pm, £4. All the classics, a DJ and no rules whatsoever.


PARTY NIGHT. Rogue Nightclub, 38 The Strand. 10pm- late, £3/free B4 11pm. Commercial dance.


COLLISION HOLD IT DOWN. Timepiece, Little Castle St, 11pm-2am, £tbc. Indie night with DJ Tezza. Upstairs with residents Mr Onions, Heavy Stylus and guests spin magazine | 29

CLUB hip-hop, breaks, soul, jazz, broken beat and more. FRIDAYS ARENA. Summerland St. 9pm-3am, £5/£4/Free B4 11pm. Commercial tunes, no trainers. SOUNDS OF THE UNEXPECTED. Amber Rooms, 161 Sidwell St. 10pm-3am, £2/free B4 11pm. 60’s, 70’s global funk, beats. 5th FUNKY SCRATCH Coolings Bar, 11 Gandy Street, 8pm-12am, £free. Another dose of funky cuts from your humble knights of the round tables. Kick start your friday night with a cocktail in a cool joint and tunes to make you bounce! 5th STANDOUT The Lemon Grove 9pm-2am, £12 in adv. New dance night with the Scratch Perverts, Jack Beats, Utah Saints & Reso, alongside residents Mr Nice, Ben & Lex, Maxxi P and Lewah. Big name, new night, check it out. 5th DJ BIG BIRD The Angel Bar, 32 Queen Street, Exeter, 10pm2am, £free. Funk/Disco/Breaks/Party Tunes from Angel resident Guest DJ Freddy Pimms (Full Melt/Flava). 12th THE DUB PISTOLS Exeter Phoenix 8pm-12am £12 in adv. Live on stage, The Dub Pistols and supported by Pama International – these two bands supported The Specials throughout their tours in 2009, check them here in Exeter! 19th DJ LIL LISA The Angel Bar 32 Queen Street, Exeter 10pm2am, £free. Resident Dj Lil Lisa (Jazz Wolfs) Playing Reggae+Funk classics. 26 DJ LAZY AL The Angel Bar, 32 Queen Street, 1-pm-2am, £free. Dj Laz Al (Loosen up!) Spinning everything from funk and soul through to breaks and D’n’B. 19th THE ORB The Lemon Grove 8pm-12am £15.50 in adv. Live on stage performing tracks from their new album ‘Baghdad Batteries’. Supported by Sunfish playing live and DJ Ambiessence. 26th DJ LAZY AL The Angel Bar, 32 Queen Street, 1-pm-2am, £free. Dj Laz Al (Loosen up!) Spinning everything from funk and soul through to breaks and D’n’B.

WEEKEND WARM-UP. Remedies. 10pm-2am, £free. Chart n cheese with Matt Shepherd. 12th HONG KONG PING PONG, The Watermans, 9pm-2am. Jelly

Jazz presents the Ruckus Roboticus South West LIVE DJ tour, supported by the HKPP DJ crew.




THE WEEKEND WARM-UP. Samantha’s, St Andrews Rd. 9.30pm-2am, £tbc. Start the weekend in style, cheesy tunes, NUS discounts and drinks promos. TIMEWARP. Fahrenheit. 7 The Parade. 10pm-3.30am, £5/£3 B4 11pm. Requests and chart toons all night!


FRIDAY NIGHTS. Toast. 6.30pm2am. £free. Something different every week! 2nd Friday of the month with DJ Dante Gabriel (Groove Juice), 3rd Friday of the month with Plymouth’s DJ Skank Marvin and Hong Kong Ping Pong’s Spinforth rounds things off on the last Friday of the month.

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Falmouth Rugby Club, Dracena Ave. 9pm onwards, £5 in adv. Fundraiser featuring a heavy selection of dancehall, reggae and dubstep. Guests Mungo’s Hi FI, feat Soom-T,supported by the Bridgwater Reggae Sound System and Phase One.


C.O.D.E. RED. Red Square (upstairs). 10pm-4am, £free. Bringing you D’n’B with residents on a weekly basis with special guests. FLIRT. Sailors, Fore St. 9.30pm2am, £ladies free. Chart/dance & retro tunes to shake your booty with John London. FUNKY FRIDAY BEACH PARTY. The Beach Nightclub. 9pm-3am, £tbc. Chart/dance & retro tunes. THANK FUNK IT’S FRIDAYS. Berties Nightclub. East St, 10.30pm-4am, £free. DJ Will B plays his chart mash-up mix. RnB/Indie/Party FRIDAYS The Koola. 9pm-3am, £tbc. House night with special guests.


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hit Plymouth, part of a national run of nights. DJ’s holding things down in the SW are Mark Williams (legendary Plymouth DJ since 1984!), Jason B, DJ Mullet and DJ Spyke. ROCK SHOW C103. 103 Union St. 10pm-3.30am. £2/members £1. Rock, indie and punk with DJ K-Rad, Dy Synn, DJ JJ and Aides over three rooms. 5th COVERT V’S SUBHEAVY The Hippo 10pm-4am £7 in adv. UK Funky and crack house set with DJ Zinc, supported by D’n’B boys Maxxi P and Dubstep heads General Flava, Blotta, Ruffkut & Necta Selecta. 26th DANCE DANCE DANCE EASTER SPECIAL Maggies 10pm-4am, £4. Underground house, minimal, techno and bass with DJ’s: Magnet (Jam the Channel / Aeon), Markutz (NONOM), Edgey & Hasselhoff (Bitstream), Audioslut and Fynnk (DDD). 10k Soundsystem by Subheavy.

12th FRESHOLD. Bohemia.




BIRTHDAY’, The Grove, Harbour Road, 9pm-3am, £13 o the door. Hard Trance, Hardstyle, Techno & Psytrance feat: Fausto (Q-Dance Holland), Mark EG, D.A.V.E The Drummer, Ed Real, Frisky, Pod, Wragg & Log:One, Ben Eye & Iain Cross, Martian, Major Tom & Phat Controller + more!

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FRIDAY NIGHT. Puls-8. St Austell, 10pm - 2am. Ladies free B4 11pm. The Puls8 Allstar dj’s on rotation playing chart, R’n’B & dance. HOUSE RULES. Queens Head, North St. £free. 8pm -12am. Groovy house music laid down by Dj’s Si Plymouth and Mat. Expect friendly atmosphere CRISIS. White Rabbit. Bretonside and to hear some house music Bus Station. £1. 12am - 5am. An classics. Occasional guest Dj’s.Info eclectic hot mix of Indie/Punk/Rock/Hip07868143721. Hop/Funk/80’s. Served to you by JC & OZ. 07886821408. 5th EDEN ARTS CAFÉ Eden Project 7pm-12.30am £10 / £15 DJ APACHE. View 2, Vauxhall St. inc supper. Eden’s monthly arts and £5/£4/£3/free B4 10.30pm, 9pmlate. Soul, swing, R’n’B, Motown & funk music night returns for their first event of 2010 with the Zen Hussies playing live, classics with DJ Apache. supported by residents Jelly Jazz DJ’s SUPERDUPER SOUNDCLASH. Ride Cafe, Tavistock Place. 9pmPete and Griff. 3am. Superduper Dan brings the tunes, Tiverton you bring the dance. 5th THE FUSION PROJECT The DOLLY MIXTURES. Zero’s, 24 White Horse, 8pm-12am, £ on the Lockyer St. 10.30pm-4am, £4. Gay door. Presents a night of breaks, dirty night with resident DJs Stev-E & Juzzy house & trance with a hint of old skool. B play cheese, chart R’n’B, dance and 19th THE FUSION PROJECT hard house. The White Horse, 8pm-12am, £ on FIREFLY. £free. Resident djs on the door. Presents a night of breaks, rotation. Last Friday of every month Just dirty house & trance with a hint of J from Jac the Disco playing a disco old skool. set downstairs and a banging club set Torquay upstairs. FRIDAYS. The Valbonne. FUNKY FRIDAYS. The Treasury, 10pm-2.30am, £2/free B4 12am. Royal Parade. 9pm-3am, £tbc. Commercial tunes. Funky grooves. LADIES NIGHT. The Venue. 9pmFUNKY FRIDAYS. Annabel’s 1am, £3/ladies free all night. The Cabaret and Discotheque, biggest night in the bay. Vauxhall St. 8pm-late, £tbc. Funky 5th MAGNETIC. Bohemia. £4/£3 grooves all night. B4 12am, 11pm-3am. Trance with REDEEMER Crash Manor, Union southwest up and coming Dj’s Aaron St. 10pm-3am, £4/£3 B4 11pm Cook B2B with Nocturnal, Jesse (NUS/ROC SOC/JSA discounts). Snowden, Crg & Paul Lowndes. The latest alternative metal night to CLUB 2K FRIDAYS. Club 2k, Branwell Mills, 10.30pm-4am, £tbc. Chart cheese dance and reggae. First 50 get free entry wrist bands for following week, drinks from £1.50, DJ’s CQ, Boris and Max Honeyman

£4/£3 B4 12am, 11pm-3am. Drum & bass with resident Dj’s Digiworkz, The Coalition, DJ Pursue, Mik Beatz MC’s Merlin the Mouth Magician, Lor & J-Double. 19th HINDSIGHT V’S BIONIC Bohemia Nightclub, Torwood St, 10pm-4am, £10 on the door. Hold tight for this hard style night featuring two of the longest serving promoters in the game. With a total club takeover, guests include Kutski, Mark EG, Cally & Juice, Brin M & McBunn, Nick the Kid & Louk, Shock:Force & MC Shocker. Room two hosts the SW finest’s up and coming DJ’s. 26th MIX UP PNP. Bohemia. £4/£3 B4 12am, 11pm-3am. Radio 1’s Scott Mills takes over tonight – should be an interesting night!

Saturdays CLUB CHEESE SANDWICH. Ceasar’s Palace. 10.30pm – 3am, £5. Two rooms, one for Dance and R ‘n’B and one for pure filthy cheese.


RENAISSANCE. ROCKABLE. Rouge Nightclub. 38 The Strand. EX23. £5. 9pm - 3.30am. All the best Commercial Club Classics from the past two decades.


PARTY, The Corn Exchange 9pm3am, £7/£6 B4 11pm. Commercial dance night.


METAL NIGHT, Artful Dodger, St Davids, 10pm-3am, £tbc. Metal night with guest bands. POSITIVE PARTY NIGHT. Arena, Summerland St. 9pm-3am, £6. The latest chart and party hits, smart dress only, no trainers or scuffy clothes, make an effort please! WORLD BEAT. Timepiece. 8pm1.30am, £4/£2 B4 11pm. DJ A mixed bag of hip hop, disco, funk, techno classics, ‘60s, indie & deep house. Basically anything goes! 6th THE HONG KONG PING PONG CLUB, The Angel Bar, 32 Queen Street, 10pm-2am, £free. Soul/Funk/Jazz/HipHop/Breaks/Balkan/ Latin/Ska/Brass from Falmouth’s Favorite Collective HKPP. 13th BENJIS REGGAE BUS, The Angel Bar, Queen Street, Exeter 10pm-2am. Best of of Devons best raggamuffin Djs + bongo drummers crammed in a vw splitscreen, hosted by Ben Adams. 13th HOUSE TRAP V’S THE CURIOUSITY CLUB Havana, Exeter Quay, 9pm-3am, £5. Burlesque Theme) Lizzie Curious, Lee H, Symon R, Henry the 8th, Wheels, DJ Justy 13th SPEECH DEBELLE – GIFT OF THE GAB Exeter Phoenix 8.30pm, £12 in adv. Winner of last years Mercury Music prize, this is going

CLUB to be a very special performance. 20th JELLY JAZZ The Angel Bar 32 Queen Street, 10pm-2am, £free. Dj Pete Isaac musically joining the dots between jazz, soul, latin, breaks and beats at Exeter’s Hot Angel Bar. 20th MOTION The Hippo, Bath St. 10pm- late, £tbc MOTION presents Joey Negro plus residents Chuck, Fynndalux & Crafty Sounds. 20th SYNCHRONICITY Exeter Phoenix 10pm-4am £11.50 in adv. Four of Exeter’s leading dance nights team up for this soecial Vibraphonic production. Deep End (dubstep), Jam the Channel (house), Ape Music (breaks) & One Drop (dub/reggae/hip hop) present their residents across the whole venue. 27th FULL MELT DJS The Angel Bar 32 Queen Street, 10pm-2am, £free. Breaks/Hiphop/Funk/Mashup from Exeters favorite most handsome Funky Breaks heros, cutting and pasting on 3 Turntables. 27th JUNGLE DRUMMER VS DJ FU The Hippo, Bath St. 10pm- late, £tbc. This is live drum & bass as you’ve never experienced it before!

Lunasea are sure to rock the house. Max Honeyman, The Freerange Party Society, Sir Funkalot and beatmaster Jay-Stu will be taking the stage alongside Lunasea throughout the night, expect an inspired musical journey from funky house to electro/ breakbeat and dnb.




HEATWAVE. Fahrenheit. 10pm3.30am, £5. Chart & dance to celebrate the weekend. SATURDAYS. Samantha’s. 9.30pm2am, £tbc. The biggest and best night out in Exmouth, chart anthems and drinks promos.


MAKING BREAD. Toast. 6.30pm 2am, £free. Mash up fun with Ben D.S. and Louis.Lou.I - Hip Hop, Reggae, nufunk, nu-jazz, breaks, jungle, swingbeat, dubstep & UK Garage. Last Saturday of every month hosted by UFO with DJ Mitch playing electro. 13th HIGH CONTRAST The Stannary, Tremough Campus, Falmouth 9pm-2am, £12.50 in adv. Liquid D’n’B speciailist ad Hospital records signing, High Contrast, support by Stamina MC hit Falmouth for this special night. Support comes from Jakwob, Klimax and Premise.



Crasken Farm, Helston, 9pm-3am, £10 in adv. After a blinding New Years Eve, Top Hat Soundsystem returns to Crasken Farm, teaming up with Jericho Soundsystem and Blue Body Beatz to bring you a magical multi-stage event. Presenting the cream of Cornish DJs and Special Guests, get set for the ultimate spring EQUINOX party. 27th MAD HATTER’S TEA PARTY, Poldark Mine, Wendron, nr Helston10pm-4.30am, £12 in adv. Rare live performance by

electric dance supremos, Lunasea, supported by psychedelic visuals, wild dancers and an awesome sound system by Impact PA. A crashing reincarnation of the original late 80’s rave sound with a huge dnb beat,

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GIRLS NIGHT OUT Berties, East St, 11pm-late, from £2/ladies free B4 1am. Commercial dance night with Will B and friends. PASSION. Sailors. 9.30pm-2am, £tbc. Chart, dance & retro tunes to shake your booty with DJs John London & Pete Jordan. 13th JELLY JAZZ, The Koola, 12 Beach Rd, 10pm-2am. Jelly

Jazz presents the Ruckus Roboticus South West LIVE DJ tour, supported by Pete Issac.


PRESENTS THE NEXTMEN & MC WREC Pure Nightclub 10pm3am £9 in adv / £10 on the door. Turntable craziness with The Nextmen live, with MC Wrec. Support comes from Baron Samedi & DJ Chuck. Expect everything from hip hop to breaks to dubstep to D’n’B and electro across two rooms.


6th REGGAE REGGAE REGGAE Number 20 Bar, Lower Market St 9pm-2am £free. From the Reggae Reggae Source radio show, on The Source 96.1fm (Sundays 1-3pm), An-Jah & Fullproof Selecta bring you a night of the best in roots reggae, dub & culture. Penzance

LUVD-UP Barn Club, Eastern Green. Cornwall’s Busiest Saturday

- Party night, commercial tunes with DJs Max Honeyman, JP, Boris & Diesto. Special night on the 20th March as Dynamite Hip hop presents Souls of Mischief LIVE with their full original line-up.


DISTORTION / OBLIVION C103, Union St, 10pm-5am, £various. Weekly hard dance night, see flyers for more details. Guests include the biggest names in the scene. DJ APACHE. View 2. Vauxhall St. 9pm-late, £5/£4/£3/free B4 10pm. Soul, swing, R’n’B, Motown & funk classics with DJ Apache in the main room & Ryan Platts downstairs playing funky house, classic soul & Motown. FIREFLY. North Hill, £free. Resident djs on rotation. FREE CUBA PARTY. The B-bar, Barbican Theatre, Castle Street. DJ Power Lisboa plays the best in Cuban and Cuban-inspired tunes. From Son to Salsa, from New York Soul to latino hip hop. 8pm. Free. Info: 01752 242021 FRESH CITY Candy Store. 10pm5am, £5/£3. Main room: R&B, hip hop and bashment from DJ Jonezy, DJ Snake and Danny Fresh. Room 2: Garage Love with Mr Flexx and residents

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spinning garage. NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL TONY Warehouse, Union St, 10pm2.30am, £3. DJ Tony plays indie, alternative rock and requests –party on. PARTY NIGHT. Walkabout, Derrys Cross. 10pm-2am, £free. Latest chart & dance hits with DJ Darren Watts. PROVOKE. Revolution, Derrys Cross. 8pm-2am, £3/free B4 10pm. A collection of R’n’B, chart, funky house & disco over two floors. RENEGADE. Voodoo Lounge. £2. 9 Till Late. Rock, Metal, Hardcore, Indie. 3 Live bands followed by DJ’s. SUPERDUPER SOUNDCLASH. Ride Cafe, Tavistock Place. 9pm3am. Superduper Dan brings the tunes, you bring the dance. SEXY SOULFUL FUNKY AND HOUSE. 8pm-late, £tbc. Annabel’s Cabaret and Discotheque. ULTIMATE SATURDAY NIGHT EXPERIENCE Wow & Barbican Live Lounge. 11 The Parade, The Barbican, PL1 2JL. £2/£4 for both venues. 8pm 4am. Two venues, playing music across the board. You request it, they’ll play it! 6th ROOTS STREET, Fortescue cellar Bar, Mutley Plain, 8pm-12am, £free. Roots and reggae with Trist & DJ Crusty 13th HARDCORE AWARDS 2009 - 2010 – THE RESULTS PARTY C103, Union St, 10.30pm6am £10 in adv/£12 on the door. Presented by Hard Energy, Hardcore Reborn and Fast Track, guest DJ’s include Gammer, Hixxy, MC Storm, MC Whizzkid and local support from Chris Cornish, Ben Jammin, Kinger, Olly D, Moggsta, Pete Kingswell, Sean Hamley, Matt EP, Jimmy P, Riley C and many more. 13th PAMA INTERNATIONAL The Hippo 8pm-2am £8 in adv. Reggae of the people as tis band play live, promoting their new album of the same name! 20th (NO NAME) White Rabbit, Bretonside Bus Station, 11pm4am, £5. Reggae and roots with the legendery DJ Derek, DJ Crusty & Tony Popkids.

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BIG WEEKEND. Puls-8. 10pm2am, £6 B4 11pm. Dj Stevie G, Massive party night with the best chart/ dance and party classics slammed in the mix.

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6th DELUXX RELAUNCH THE ISOBAR ISDEAD, Isobar Isdead, 11pm-3am, £5. Cool tunes with the DeluxX Boys, La Casa Martin & Shaun H. 20th DIGITAL LOVE The Isobar is dead, Street-an-Pol. 10pm-3am, £3. Digital Love returns to St Ives for another night of Electro bangers and Digital partying.

R’n’B & soul with resident DJs Paul Bowden, Ben McGowan, Iain McKenzie and guests. THE BIGGEST PARTY IN TOWN. The Valbonne. 10pm-3am, £5/£4 B4 11.30pm/£2.50 B4 10.30pm. Commercial & uplifting house, anything goes. 6th BLAZED, Studio 22, The Harbourside, Torquay... Hard Trance/Style/Core Doors 9-2am Free Entry. Dj’s Kjm B2b Wildly, Ash B, Red Ronan, Chris Cornish, Monkey B2b Searly 20th BLAZED, Studio 22, The Harbourside, Torquay... Hard Trance/Style/Core Doors 9-2am Free Entry. Dj’s Noizy Boiz, Pochie T, Bargee, Ben Jammin, Dr. D.


EVIL GENIUS, THE ONE EYED CAT. One Eyed Cat. 116 Kenwyn St, £free, 9pm-1am The latest funky, sexy, dirty house music brought to you by Dr Evil Genius. SATURDAYS L2. Calenick St. 9pm-2am, £5. Chart and cheese with DJ Paul Blee, house and trance. THE BIG NIGHT OUT The Office, 1 River Walk. 9pm-2am, £tbc. Weekend party for over 21’s. 6th TR ONE OPENING PARTY New bar opening in Truro with DJ Sundance and Ryan R at the helm to get the party started spinning funky club beats.

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WORLDBEAT. Timepiece. Little Castle St, 8pm-12.30am, £2/free B4 9pm. The wind-down session with some serious grinding! Expect the best in Afro, reggae, ragga, Spanish, salsa, Arabic & R’n’B flavas. Well worth checking out. 14th FULL MELT, The Angel Bar, 8pm-2am. Jelly Jazz presents

the Ruckus Roboticus South West LIVE DJ tour, supported by the Full Melt crew


BELUSHI’S LAZY SUNDAY. Belushi’s, Fore St. 9pm onwards, £free. Enjoy uninterrupted ocean views on the sun terrace with a sizzling bbq and chilled live acoustic music.


CHURCH OF ZERO’S SUNDAY SESSIONS. Zero’s , 24 Lockyer St, 10pm-2am, £free. Regular gay night with resident DJ Stev-E playing chart, R&B, bouncey house & trance. LOVE R’N’B. Revolution, Derrys Cross. 10pm-2am. £free. R’n’B all night. STRAIGHT UP. Firefly. 9 till late. £free. Hosted by Thom Ford: blues, soul and other Americana. SUNDAY LOVE VIEW 2. Vauxhall St. £tbc, 9pm-late. Music for lovers, whatever they may be!


KINDA FUNKY. Bohemia. 41 Torwood St. 10pm-4am, £tbc. Funk,

My Heroes Killed Cowboys and Sir Vinyl of the Fattest teamed up for a special Valentines event last month at the Sandbar, Praa Sands, with sets from Jac The Disco, Sir Vinyl and and St Ives Timbo Symons Photos by: A Badger

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STUDENT NEWS TEAM Tom Vennard Deputy President

Hey everyone, I’m sure most of you have deadlines at the moment and it’s all probably getting a bit too much! To cheer you up, check out the news for information on what is coming up at UPSU over the next few weeks. Plymouth Town Takeover Saturday 6 February saw Plymouth Students’ Union link up with Marjon SU, City College Plymouth SU and Plymouth College of Art SU, to campaign against the rise in tuition fees. Over 150 students turned out dressed in bright orange clothing and face paints, giving away balloons and marching from the city centre to Smeatons’ Tower on Plymouth Hoe. They then finished the march by posing in the shape of a large pound sign. Thank you to everyone who was involved in fighting a rise in fees at Plymouth Town Takeover for coming along! We were on Spotlight, ITV Westcountry, and Falmouth Student Media and in the Herald. Have a look at the press coverage and photos – many of which are to be posted on the facebook site. Afterwards, we had a debate, which was particularly constructive. If anyone has any feedback on the event, please e-mail so we can share it with the other Students’ Unions. We are continuing the campaign by asking students to use their vote in the forthcoming general election to support candidates that would vote against an increase in fees in the next parliament – and would pressure the government to introduce a fairer alternative. Go to and sign up. By doing this you pledge to help NUS put pressure on candidates to come clean, and outline their position on fees. I have learnt a lot over the last eight months as Deputy President and over the next months hope to continue the great work we’ve achieved this year. One of our big ideas being developed is our ‘virtual students’ union’. We’re creating an SU that everyone will have access to, without physically having to visit us. Here, you can buy tickets to the summer ball, listen to UPSU radio, look at our events calendar, message us and contact whichever department you need. Following the UPSU Full Time Officer Elections I’d like to congratulate Matthew Chan and wish him well for when he takes over from me in July (for full results turn the page to the news and events section). If you have any suggestions or ideas of how UPSU can link up with your college then please feel free to email me


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Kassie Bath UPSU Partner Colleges Co-ordinator Shiona Biggin UPC Marketing and Communications Co-ordinator Alex Moylan UPSU South Devon College Rep Carly Warburton UPSU City College Plymouth Rep Tanya Carter UPSU Somerset College Rep Jessy King UPSU Truro and Penwith College Rep Toby Hale UPSU Cornwall College Rep Sally Smith UPSU Petroc Rep Christy Daley UPSU City of Bristol College Rep

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Tom Vennard, LTB, Kassie Bath, Shiona Biggin, Richard Shepherd, Steve Bough (UCP) CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS: Lloyd Russell (University of Plymouth), Adam Allen-Ford, Richard Shepherd If you’d like to get involved with the UPC Student Edition of 247 Magazine, please get in touch with Shiona at Student Guide

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NEWS IN BRIEF ONE WORLD WEEK Levi Roots (of Dragon’s Den Reggae Reggae Sauce fame) will be playing a gig at UPSU on 8 March as part of One World Week (8-12 Mar). The gig is at 6:45pm in Sub:Lime in the Students’ Union, and it’s free – email Tom Vennard at to reserve a ticket (it’s first come first served so don’t delay!) There will also be an International Food Festival on 10 March in the Roland Levinsky Building at the Plymouth campus from 6:30pm. Entry is FREE and all they ask is that you make a dish – in return you can try everyone else’s. For more info, and an application form, please email Tom.

UPSU SUMMER BALL The annual Ball is an end of year, exclusive event for University of Plymouth and UPC students and their guests to celebrate the end of the academic year. Taking over the campus at the Plymouth site, the Summer Ball is always massively popular and has sold out for the past few years. Tickets went on sale at the early-bird price of £29.50 from Monday 22 February (then £35 from 26 April). Dress code is strictly black tie/ball gown. Search facebook for UPSU Summer Ball or go to for more info on entertainment and performers as they are confirmed – last year over 30 acts including The Automatic and King Blues wowed the crowds, alongside fairground rides and the infamous Survivors Breakfast.


ITHE GREAT UPSU BEER FESTIVAL The Great UPSU Beer Fest takes place on Monday 1 March from 12pm – 8pm in Sub:Lime in the SU at the University of Plymouth. Journey into the world of ales, ciders and beers as you sample both local and international boozy delights! To find out more, search for The Great UPSU Beer Festival. UPSU/VOLUNTEERING AWARDS Nominations for the UPSU Volunteering Awards opened on 22 Feb, and close on 12 March. The event will be held at the Barbican Theatre in Plymouth on 21 April and Partner College students are invited to attend. NATIONAL STUDENT SURVEY If you are a final year HE student, don’t forget to take part in the National Student Survey – it closes in April so you still have time to voice your opinions! This national survey is designed to provide information on how universities support the student learning experience. It provides vital information to prospective students, helping them to make an informed choice on what they want to study and where they should study it. The survey takes the form of a short online questionnaire that should only take around 5 minutes to complete. Go to www.

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EXETER COLLEGE STUDENTS THROUGH TO FLUX FINALS At the start of 2010, six teams of six business minded students entered into the UPC Inter Flux enterprise challenge which saw budding entrepreneurs dreaming up business ideas and pitching them, Dragon’s Den style, to business people. The brief was to come up with a 2012 Olympics money making concept that was relevant to the South West. The winning team were a group of second year FdA Television Production students at Exeter College, whose idea was ‘Shire Fest’: a festival of welly tossing and tractor racing, mimicking London’s Olympic Games, coupled with dancing, music and Devonshire drinking. The students went up against teams of business and accounting students, and didn’t feel confident that they’d win. Team member Dan Wiseman explained: “Our idea was leftfield, we weren’t suited and booted like the business students.” The team’s originality, creativity and passion for ideas gave them the winning business plan. We are told the £30 winnings that each team member was awarded have been suitably reinvested in beer. The entrepreneurs will head off to Nottingham for the national FLUX business challenge from 29 - 31 March, where they stand to receive £500 if their ideas win them first place. I hope the rewards, should they win, are invested as wisely as last time! For more info, see

A conference filled to the brim with employers in the creative industries will take place at Havana on the Quay in Exeter on 22 March! Partner College students are invited to attend the conference, which starts at 10am. The event focuses on graduate destinations and employer perspectives within the creative industries and speakers from music, tv and digital media industries, theatre management, acting and the arts will all be present. The event aims to give you an understanding of the relationship between your core studies, transferable skills, and also the diversity of the creative industry. With opportunities to ask questions and network with the speakers, this is a valuable chance to gain a more in depth understanding of where you might be headed after you finish studying. For more information, contact event organiser, Rachel Wilkinson at Exeter College via RachelWilkinson@exe-coll.


SOMERSET COLLEGE FINE ART STUDENTS SUPPORT HAITI APPEAL Somerset College Fine Art students are holding an exhibition of their work in aid of the Haiti Earthquake appeal. The students, who are studying on Fine Art Foundation and BA (Hons) Degree courses at the College, will exhibit their work at the Hot House Gallery at the College from 12 Feb – 12 April (opening times: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm). All work will be offered for sale for a minimum donation of £20, and funds raised will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) for the Haiti Earthquake Appeal. Pictured are students outside the Hot House with some of the work that will be on sale – get down to the College and do your bit for Haiti!

CYCLE BRUSSELS TO LONDON FOR THE RIGHT TO PLAY Right to Play is a charity who put sports onto a level playing field for all children, irrespective of their background or ability. Right To Play ( are running a fundraising bike ride from Brussels to London (4 – 7 July 2010). Wendy Creed, the Right To Play student ambassador at Truro and Penwith College, is taking part in the bike ride as one of 300 riders who will travel through three countries in three days. Starting in Brussels, the riders will watch the second stage of the Tour De France before setting off to Bruges, then cycling to Calais, crossing the English Channel, and cycling to London. The funds raised will have a positive, lasting impact on thousands of children’s lives by giving them better access to sports. Wendy, who is on the FdSc Sports Coaching and Therapy course at Truro College, and is a dedicated cyclist, is also a trained British Cycling coach (check out her website at She cycled from John ‘O Groats to Lands End two years ago, and told us; “Students can get involved by donating money or by getting on their bikes! If they get in touch with me, perhaps we can set up a team – at the moment I will be cycling with my son but more are welcome!” Contact Wendy at

UPSU ELECTION RESULTS The results of the UPSU Full Time Officer Elections were announced in February at a ceremony in Sub:Lime in the Students’ Union at the University of Plymouth. Seena Shah was elected as President, Matthew Chan will be Deputy President, VP Activities & Communications will be Abi Pettit, Tom Davidson was elected VP Sports, and Emma Wilson takes the post of VP Education & Welfare. These are the people who will be running the Union next year - to find out more, go to www.

The Devon Games To Inspire (formerly the Devon Youth Games) is an annual sport and culture event for 8 – 16 year olds in the county. This year’s event is on 10 July in Tavistock, where teams from across Devon will compete against each other in a range of events, from ultimate frisbee to athletics. The event organisers need student volunteers to help out with everything from refereeing to assisting with art workshops. All volunteers will get travel expenses and a free t-shirt, as well as a great CV-enhancing experience! If you’d like to get involved, contact joanna. or call 01752 588389.

LOCAL GRADUATE INTERNSHIP SCHEME LAUNCHED The University of Plymouth recently launched the Plymouth Graduate Internship Programme after winning funding from the HE Funding Council for England to generate graduate jobs in the region. The programme will see the University work closely with employers across Devon and Cornwall to create short-term paid internships for 2008 and 2009 graduates from any university or further education college in the UK. Internships will be for a minimum of eight weeks with an expected salary of £300 per week for the intern. These funded internships have a specific focus on the low carbon, digital, life sciences and pharmaceuticals, advanced manufacturing, professional and financial services, engineering construction and marine industries. Please note that this funding is limited so don’t delay in applying for an internship! Visit www.plymouth. for info, or contact the team on 0800 052 5600/ enterprisesolutions@plymouth. - you can also register your interest by emailing a copy of your CV to

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Stitch n Bitch

A “Stitch ‘n’ Bitch” is a group of knitters, crocheters and crafty types who get together on a regular basis to stitch and, well, you know. Stitch ‘n’ Bitch is a phrase that has been used to refer to social knitting groups since at least World War II, but over the last ten or fifteen years, the popularity of contemporary Stitch ‘n’ Bitch groups has grown rapidly, and even the A-list are at it, with everyone from Scarlett Johansson to Sarah Jessica Parker picking up their needles. We caught up with knitter extraordinaire Katie Shaw, the Student Union assistant at City College Plymouth, who also runs a knitting group in the city, and who has some great tips for anyone who wants to explore their crafty side! What kind of crafts do you enjoy? I mostly knit and cross stitch but am known to make the odd cake and staple gun things together. I like making up patterns for knitted creatures and making cross stitched badges. I learnt to knit at uni; I used to work the door at the students union in Exmouth, and I needed something to do during my shifts so attempted to teach myself to knit. A friend who was a bit of a pro knitter corrected the mistakes I was making, and I went on to work with her on her festival stall selling yarn and needles and teaching people to knit. Teaching wrecked festival punters took a lot of patience (and gin) but it was fun and I like to think we brought some woolly joy into a few peoples’ lives. I’ve also learnt a lot from my gran, she is a prolific crafter, or I see instructions in a book or online and just have a go. What have you made recently? For a friend’s birthday I made him a knitted doll of himself, complete with trainers, a beanie, woolly beard and embroidered tattoos! How do you think attitudes have changed towards crafts like knitting and crochet over the past few years? I still get a lot of raised eyebrows from people my own age when I tell them I spend my Tuesday nights in a pub with a pint and a ball of wool, but crafting’s definitely got a lot more popular over the 4 |

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last few years. A lot of my fellow crafters are into the punk rock scene, which is fuelled by the DIY attitude of creating something from scratch because you love the process as much as the end result. What you’ve made doesn’t have to be amazing or challenging, it just has to be enjoyable. So what if your scarf’s got a few holes in it! There’s a definite smug satisfaction with wearing something you’ve made, even if it isn’t perfect. Tell us more about the events you run: I organise a knitting group that meet every Tuesday in the Fortescue Pub on Mutley Plain in Plymouth from about 7.30pm. We don’t just have knitters and crocheters come along, we have people making jewellery, colouring in, embroidery and any craft that fits onto a table really. We’ve got a facebook group ‘Plymouth Knitters Social’ and there’s always spare yarn and needles for people who want to learn to knit from scratch. Every couple of months I put on a show in the basement of The Fortescue with local bands (who get paid in cake) and boxes and boxes of stuff so people can get all crafty. The next one is in March and the facebook group is ‘Sew Darn Good – Craft Parties’, so check there for dates and line ups.

Where can I get started? Find a Stitch ‘n’ Bitch group near you: Look on which has a database of knitting groups up and down the country and which is a knitting networking and resource site that different groups post on. Charity shops and organisations like Plymouth Play Association on Union Street are really great places for finding yarn and needles and random bits and pieces for crafting. There’s a load of books and websites that beginners can have a look on to check out different crafts and different projects, has new projects posted on there all the time from its users and they can range from plastic bag fusing to making your own clothes. has loads of free knitting patterns on it and they are well organised with difficulty level ratings.



One idea, one website, one million pixels, and Wiltshire-based Business student Alex Tew earned a mint selling dots on a screen to online advertisers in 2005. It’s a classic tale of rags to riches; in under a year the 21 year old student went from being skint to being set for life. His website sells nothing but advertising space by the pixel and he has sold every one. The million dollar website ( is a flash of entrepreneurship cashing in on a novelty idea and has made Mr Tew very rich. He is an opportunist, thinking not just outside the box but about the box, and his example to students everywhere is that we don’t have settle for supermarket shelf stacking to pay for our studies, well, not unless you want to of course. “What’s this got to do with me?” you’re asking. Well a Degree, it seems, is fast becoming a commonplace necessity. More and more people are getting them and in an employer’s world of CVs, portfolios and ‘previous experience required’ we’ve got to find ways of standing out above the rest. My Aunt said to me a few years ago: “You won’t be any use until you’re 25.” Thanks very much, I said, but at that moment I decided to prove her wrong and put in a good example for us hard grafting students. Like our million dollar friend Alex, before he found riches, I had a bank balance so small even the Borrowers would have turned their noses up at it, so I decided to do something about it. Thinking outside the box, I counted what I was good at and thought about how much time I had on my hands in between study, work and socialising. My conclusion was that to raise some extra funds I should cash in on my ability to make cakes. I was never in the WI, strangely enough, but who was there to stop me? My own little micro business operated from my bedroom and home kitchen selling cakes to cafes and at local markets. That was my business plan in a nutshell. I phoned up environmental health, this chap came round, stuck his nose

in the fridge and asked me to fill out a few hazard perception forms. I went online and made a minimal investment in packaging materials then popped down to the shops to buy butter and eggs and we were set to go.

Stepping outside the expected and pursuing a simple business idea was successful but it has benefited more than just my wallet. When it comes to applying for that dream job, my experience in being self employed might just give me the edge. I’ll stand out. Being self employed is more than just filling in a tax return. You learn to look after yourself and your money. You soon pick up resource management skills and become an expert in keeping time. I know it sounds dull, but these are things employers will want from potential employees. They need to see that you are innovative and highly employable people capable of acting upon initiative, whatever industry you choose to go into. The thrill of starting your own business is also something you will never forget. It’s hard work but if you’re selling products like cakes, a busy food fair is a real buzz. Then there is your profit of course which can either be re-invested or spent in which ever way you see fit. You are in charge and answer only to your customers. You can work to fit in with your studies and not the other way around. You need to be driven and highly motivated to work for yourself otherwise success will be hard to find. Not everyone will get lucky like Alex Tew, but you might and considering your studies will get you where you want to go in the end what is there to lose? A year or two in the world of running a festival, and you could write and sell an e-book or perhaps making and selling tomato sauce will find you riches. No matter what scale the financial gains of your business endeavours, with entrepreneur on your CV, the sky is the limit. Words and images: Richard Shepherd FdA Journalism and Practical Media student (Exeter College)

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Unlocking Cornish Potential may not be a graduate scheme you have heard of but it’s had an astonishing success rate that continues to flourish. It’s helped to push up graduate level salaries, acts as a support network for graduates and businesses and by undertaking a focussed project, a business could see its turnover increase by at least £100,000… Introduced in 2004 off the back of a University of Plymouth scheme known then as ‘Unlocking Potential’, Unlocking Cornish Potential, was set up to address what was known as the ‘brain drain’ in Cornwall. Back in the 90s, there were only a fraction of the degree courses now on offer and employment possibilities for those that wanted to stay in the county were limited. So, many left to get their education out of the county, and Cornish businesses lost a huge wealth of talent. With significant European funding and the emergence of focused education institutions, Cornwall has changed immeasurably, with many businesses blossoming. The UCP programme is unique to Cornwall, and works in conjunction with graduates and Cornish businesses by offering a wealth of training, mentor support for the graduate throughout the duration of the project (six-12 months) and it can even provide a wage subsidy of up to £6,000. A business will identify a need for a project (anything from implementing a new marketing strategy to fundraising campaigns for Surfers Against Sewage) which in turn is project managed by the graduate and supported by the UCP scheme. The scheme helps Cornwall bridge the gap between it and its more prosperous neighbours, helps create new industries as the county’s traditional ones have died away, and continues to help increase graduate salaries and offer structured professional employment Since 2004, around 400 graduates have passed through the scheme. Adam Allen-Ford is one such graduate - he works for Tiger X, a dynamic Hayle based company that creates computer generated imagery and animation for clients including BP and Harrods. Adam had spent 10 years working as a pre-ress designer for a printer in Hayle, and for the last three years of his role, he opted for part time employment, enabling him to study for a degree in Photo Media and Design Communication at Plymouth College of Art – a top up from Adam’s HND in multimedia from Cornwall College, Camborne. At Tiger X, Adam is now the Studio Manager 6 |

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where he oversees a team of designers, ensuring that project deadlines are met and commissions kept to. They work with architects, product designers, interior designers, engineering companies, property developers and universities and have recently started to develop 3D CAD programmes. Adam has been at Tiger X for 18 months and was initially offered the role of Visualiser by the owner, Dougie Cross. After six months Adam was promoted to the position of Studio Manager in conjunction with UCP. Adam’s first experience of UCP was with the two day induction into Project Management, where he met lots of different businesses and graduates. This training comes at the start of a UCP project and has proved to be a real help to graduates undertaking significant roles. As part of UCP, Adam has taken the Institute of Leadership and Management course, and has made use of the plethora of Business Skills Training courses on offer like Problem Solving and Marketing. “They’re all fairly light but inspirational and you come back with fresh ideas which you can use in the business,” Adam explained. Visits by the BDM (a Business Development Manager is dedicated to each project) can also be really helpful: “It’s good to talk about the business in a confidential fashion. UCP also has contacts all over the place and they’ve been great for networking which is really important in Cornwall.” “I’d definitely recommend UCP,” continues Adam. “I’ve recommended it to other graduates and employees here and to other people in business.” Access to a mentor is another popular angle of UCP as they can help guide a graduate through any difficult parts of the project. The scheme has been a real winner and should continue right to the end of 2013, continuing to have a positive impact on the local economy and offer a chance for students from all over the world to live and work in their county of choice. Words: Steve Bough, Business Development Manager for UCP Pictures: Adam Allen-Ford Tiger X: Dougie Cross and Adam in the studio For more on UCP go to:

Studying History, Heritage and Archaeology might sound like a load of old pottery to some, but it’s more relevant to everyday life than you might think. The leisure and tourism sectors in the South West employ a significant number of people in heritage related roles, and History, Heritage and Archaeology students can go on to be employed in many roles, from museum work to research and field work. The FdA in History, Heritage and Archaeology at Strode College kicked off in September 2008 and covers human history from 500,000 years ago right up to the modern day. Located in Street, in Somerset, Strode College is close to many fascinating heritage sites, like Glastonbury Tor. The College opens it’s doors for a two day conference from 17 – 18 March 2010 for anyone who is interested in the past, and its place in the present, as well as for anyone with an interest in working or studying history, heritage and archaeology. We caught up with Mandy Marlor, a mature student in the final year of the foundation degree for a chat about work experience and her time on the course… What made you decide to go back to college? I was working as an A Level Team Administrator at Strode College. It felt a bit like fate when I learned that the college would be starting a Foundation Degree for History, Heritage and Archaeology. In school history was my favourite subject and I had wanted to complete a degree for a while. My youngest daughter was moving to secondary school so it meant I could have the time to do this, the fact that I could do it at my local college made all things come together at the right time. My family have been incredibly supportive of me, especially my husband. My daughters thought it was great that their mum was going to be doing homework just like them! What are your plans after you complete your FdA? After my Foundation Degree I am hoping to complete a third year for my full BA (Hons) in History. After my Honours Degree I am hoping to go into teaching at A Level. Can you tell us about the work placement’s you’ve done for your course? I have completed work experience at South Somerset Heritage Centre (Heritage), Glastonbury Abbey (Archaeology) and Strode College A Level Team (History). This has been valuable as it has allowed me to make a decision on what I wanted to do after my degree and opened my eyes to other possibilities in this area. Glastonbury Abbey was a wonderful experience as it is a beautiful place to work. I was part of a team of students who were cleaning and sorting parts of medieval floor tiles. These had to be sorted into their different designs and stored correctly,

they were then passed over to the museum curator at Glastonbury Abbey. I was thrilled to work on the floor tiles at Glastonbury Abbey, the designs are amazing, with griffins, lions and shields, and it made you think about who may have walked on those tiles... My work experience at South Somerset Heritage Centre involved working with their collection, whether that was picking out items for an exhibition or checking the data entries for the collection. My work experience at Strode has included helping prepare resources for lessons, helping to organise a history trip and a conference on Working in History, Heritage and Archaeology. I chose this work experience because I’ve decided to go into teaching, and it has been a very valuable experience. You are interested in your family history – how far have you been able to trace back, and have you uncovered any interesting secrets about your ancestry? I have been able to trace my furthest line back to the 16th century around Feock, near Falmouth. I’m not sure there were any big secrets that I didn’t already know, we had illegitimate children, and one relative gave birth to 19 children – otherwise I come from working stock, no aristocracy in my blood! If you are interested in attending the History, Heritage and Archaeology conference at Strode College (17 – 18 March), please contact Strode College on 01458 844400 or log on to The cost to attend the conference is £10 per person. Student Guide magazine | 7

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